Yesterday, Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth's amendment including key provisions of the Troop Talent Act passed the House Armed Services Committee's mark of the FY14 National Defense Authorization Act, H.R. 1960. The Troop Talent Act of 2013 was introduced by Congresswoman Duckworth in the House of Representatives and Senator Kaine in the Senate earlier this year.
This Amendment will add to the current Transition GPS program and ask the military to, early and often, connect Service Members' Military Occupational Specialties with corresponding civilian credentials and possible future careers. It allows Service Members to use Military Tuition Assistance funding for courses that will earn them a credential while furthering their effectiveness while they are on active duty.
"The unemployment rate for Veterans who have served in the military since 2001 is nearly 10%," said Duckworth. "That number is simply unacceptable. Our Veterans guarantee the quality of their work with their life and civilian employers are in need of that level of dedication and expertise. These provisions of the Troop Talent Act will enable Veterans to make the transition to the private sector more easily and help our businesses thrive at the same time. I look forward to working with my colleagues to pass the FY14 National Defense Authorization Act and with Senator Kaine to make sure that all provisions of the Troop Talent Act become law."