With tens of thousands of American troops slated to return home to a tough economy, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) announced in a floor speech today that he will strongly support the Veterans Jobs Corps Act and offered three commonsense amendments to expand veterans hiring.
"As this country mourns for those we have lost in Libya and those who remain in harm's way to keep us all safe, we are reminded of the sacred debt that we owe the men and women who put their lives on the line for us," said Senator Manchin, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. "No matter the generation and no matter the war -- America's soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen are always tough, always determined and always victorious. Even when we have asked the impossible of them, they have served us well. But how well have we served them? How well have we kept our sacred promise to care for those who, as Abraham Lincoln said, have "borne the battle" for us and for this great country of ours?
"The Veterans Jobs Corps Act is an opportunity to make good on that promise. But it's more than an opportunity. It is an obligation. It is a duty. It is a privilege."
Senator Manchin's three amendments include:
The "iConnect Veterans to Jobs" amendment, which would require a one-stop, consolidated web portal for veterans seeking employment. The site would streamline the job search process for veterans and employers who are trying to hire veterans;
The "I Hire Veterans" amendment, which would encourage members of Congress to lead by example by hiring veterans and members of the National Guard and Reserve in their offices;
The "Energy Jobs Veterans Licensing" amendment to allow military training to count as credit for civilian professional licensing requirements in the fields of natural resource extraction, construction and trade.
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