Today, the House Veteran's Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity met to approve two of Rep. Coffman's bills (HR 1402 & HR 1412) to assist veterans.
The Subcommittee approved H.R. 1412, the Improving Job Opportunities for Veterans Act of 2013, which will increase the availability of on-job training and apprenticeship programs for veterans. This legislation will build on an existing, yet little known and under-utilized, on-the-job training programs that assist veterans by allowing them to use their educational benefits they earned through their military service to learn a trade or skill by participation in an approved apprenticeship or on-the-job training program. Rep. Coffman strongly urged that the availability of the job training programs be advertised more to veterans who prefer on the job training than a traditional college curriculum.
The Subcommittee also approved H.R. 1402, the Veteran Paralympics Act. The Members of the Subcommittee unanimously agreed with Rep. Coffman that participation in sports and other athletic activities can help speed the rehabilitation process for disabled veteran. The Veterans Paralympics Act will ensure that disabled veterans in local communities throughout the country continue to have opportunities for rehabilitation, stress relief and higher achievement through adaptive sports.
H.R. 1402 and 1412 will now both be considered by the full House Committee on Veteran's Affairs before moving to the full House of Representatives for a vote on passage.