Last week, legislation introduced by Congressman Tim Walz that would expand job protection for members of the Armed Forces was signed by the President and is now law of the land.
The bill, H.R. 3670, requires the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to comply with the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) and is supported by the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) and the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). USERRA guarantees that employees in both the public and private sector who are called to active duty can keep their jobs when they come home. Previously TSA was exempt from USERRA and was not required to provide job security for our troops, even though all other public and private employers must offer such protections. The bill passed the House of Representatives earlier this spring and the Senate in early August.
"The unemployment rate among our service members is already far too high. Protecting the jobs they already have should be a top priority," said Walz, a 24 year veteran of the National Guard. "We have USERRA protections in place for a reason and this bill simply ensures that the thousands of veterans, reservists, and members of the National Guard working for TSA are protected as they would be in any other position. I'm pleased the President agrees and signed this important legislation into law."
This marks the fourth Walz bill aimed at helping veterans that has been signed into law this year.
In late July, the President signed Walz's Veteran Skills to Jobs Act into law. This measure works to streamline the federal certification process, cutting through the bureaucratic red tape and making it easier for veterans to utilize skills acquired in the military for jobs at home.
Earlier this month, two other bills introduced by Congressman Walz were included in the Honoring America's Veterans Act, which passed the House with unanimous bipartisan support. These bills work to combat veteran homelessness and improve rehabilitation services for veterans suffering from traumatic brain injury (TBI).