The House on Monday unanimously passed bipartisan legislation to assist returning service members in transitioning into the civilian workforce. Congressman Gerry Connolly, a sponsor of the bill, managed the legislation for the Minority on the House floor.
The legislation requires the federal government to treat relevant military training as sufficient for training and certification requirements for federal licenses to expedite the transition of returning service members back into the U.S. workforce, Connolly said.
"Transitioning to civilian life is difficult under any circumstance. However this hardship is compounded when veterans cannot easily translate their military skills into careers in the Federal or private sector workforce through no fault of their own," Connolly said on the floor. "In addition, there is the task of educating employers to better understand that so much of military training is readily transferable to civilian job requirements. We need to do better for our veterans, and I believe this bill is a good step forward. "
Connolly said the legislation, which has already passed the Senate, will help returning service members get credit for their military training towards a license they can use to obtain Federal or private sector jobs, and reintegrate into civilian life. "The federal government, private sector employers, and our economy will also benefit by being able to take full advantage of the talent and unique skills and experience of our veterans," Connolly said.
"I deeply value and appreciate the sacrifices made by the men and women in our armed forces, and I am proud to represent thousands of veterans and military families who reside in the 11th District of Virginia," Connolly said. "I believe that we here in Congress have a sacred duty to provide for their well-being. For that reason, I strongly support efforts to expedite the transition of our Nation's warriors to civilian life. We need to do all we can to help these dedicated veterans find jobs."