Today Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) announced that he is cosponsoring legislation that would help smooth the transition to civilian employment for service men and women who have acquired specialty skills in the armed forces. Under the Troop Talent Act of 2013 (H.R. 1796), both military personnel and civilian employers would have increased access to information about how professional experience in the military translates to civilian work experience and can be credited toward civilian certifications. The bill, introduced by Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth (IL-8), would also allow funds from the Post 9-11 GI Bill and Military Tuition Assistance to be used for training to obtain civilian licensures. H.R. 1796 has been referred to the House Committee on Armed Services and the House Committee on Veterans Affairs for further consideration.
"The fact that nearly 10 percent of our veterans who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan are without jobs is unacceptable," said Jones. "We need to provide these talented individuals with every opportunity to achieve success in the nation they fought to protect."
The Troop Talent Act is supported by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Student Veterans of America, and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) have introduced a companion bill in the Senate.