On Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation I sponsored to help streamline the process for veterans seeking a Commercial Driver's License (CDL). After unanimously passing the United States Senate last Saturday, the Military CDL Act, S.3624, now heads to the President's desk for signature. Members of the military who have either entered civilian life or are currently stationed at McConnell Air Force Base, Fort Riley, Fort Leavenworth and Forbes Field will benefit from this legislation.
As our veterans return from Afghanistan and Iraq, this legislation will make it easier for our service men and women to the use critical skills learned in the military to contribute in the private sector.
S.3624 eliminates a current-law hurdle that only allows veterans to obtain a license in their home state of record. Since many military personnel retain home states of record that differ from where they are actually stationed, it can be difficult for them to apply training received at their military installation to receiving a CDL they can use to obtain a civilian job following their service -- a problem alleviated by this bill.