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Veterans Jobs Bill Passes U.S. House


Location: Washington, DC

The House today passed the U.S. Senate's VOW to Hire Heroes Act, a bill that would help veterans find jobs.

"There are so many veterans in Hawaii who are eager to transition into civilian jobs and bring so many skills and talents to the table," said Congresswoman Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii). "This legislation is a win-win -- businesses are encouraged to hire great employees and veterans are able to get back to work."

The VOW to Hire Heroes Act offers a $2,400 tax credit for employers who hire a veteran who has been out of work for four weeks, or a $5,600 tax credit for hiring a veteran who has been out of work for more than six months. Companies hiring a veteran who has a service-connected disability and also has been out of work for over six months can receive up to $9,600 in tax credits.

In addition, the bill strengthens the Transition Assistance Program to help veterans find jobs as they are discharged from military service, creates a fast-track to licensing for veterans to use their military specialty in civilian life, and provides job training for veterans age 35-60 who are ineligible for other education programs.

The measure now heads to President Obama to be signed into law.

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