A plan backed by U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill to boost hiring for veterans is headed to the President's desk for his signature after being approved by both houses of Congress.
Once becoming law, McCaskill's plan will ensure that the military training received by the nation's veterans is considered and valued when those veterans seek employment opportunities.
"We're taking action to remove obstacles to hiring and expand job opportunities for our highly-trained veterans," said McCaskill, a member of the Senate Veterans Jobs Caucus who has championed job access for veterans since joining the Senate. "This bill is a step in the right direction, and we owe it to our veterans to keep fighting to improve their access to good jobs."
Many positions within the federal government-including air traffic controllers, airplane mechanics, and navigators-involve lengthy certification requirements. Currently, the government does not recognize the specific training of military veterans when considering qualifications for hiring these positions, often forcing them to spend significant amounts of time and money training on the same skills.
The legislation McCaskill sponsored requires federal agencies to recognize relevant military training and skills when certifying veterans for private sector skills. Instead of spending time in redundant training, this move would allow veterans to quickly transition into the civilian workforce.
McCaskill, the daughter of a World War II veteran, has been a champion for military veterans since coming to the Senate in 2006, and a leading advocate for the VOW to Hire Heroes Act.