U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) has received widespread support and praise for his sponsorship of H.R. 4155, the Veteran Skills to Jobs Act, from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the American Legion, and several additional Veteran Service Organizations. This legislation addresses the unacceptably high rate of veteran unemployment by streamlining the federal certification process and cutting through the bureaucratic red tape, making it easier for veterans to utilize the skills they acquired in the military to find work at home.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce sent a letter of support to Rep. Denham for H.R. 4155, which you can read here. R. Bruce Josten, Executive Vice President of Government Affairs, thanked Denham for his introduction of the bill:
"The Veterans Skills to Jobs Act would enhance opportunities for veterans to find employment by making clear that the training they received during their military service would satisfy similar civilian requirements, streamlining and expediting their availability for positions that require specialized certifications. H.R. 4155 would be an important step towards reducing barriers to entry into the private sector workforce for veterans. The Chamber compliments you and the cosponsors of this legislation for your leadership on this important issue."
"Matching qualified veterans with federal licenses which require their expertise is good for veterans, good for the economy and good for the country. The American Legion fully supports enacting the "Veteran Skills to Jobs Act,' and applauds the leadership of Congressman Denham in addressing this critical issue facing our nation's veterans and their families."
The Military Officers Association of America applauded Denham for his leadership in sponsoring H.R. 4155 in a letter from MOAA President Norbert Ryan, Jr.:
"Your bill is an important stand in ensuring our veterans with the requisite training and experience in designated skills are deemed qualified for specific Federal occupational specialties. MOAA supports the Veteran Skills to Jobs Act and we pledge our full support for its enactment this year."
The Veterans of Foreign Wars also supports the Veteran Skills to Jobs Act and stated,
"requiring that veterans be retrained and certified at the federal level is unacceptable and disrespectful to their training from the military. Often times, military training is substantially equivalent to the training they would be required to have for a federal license. This bill would streamline veterans to licensing and would be one step towards lowering unemployment."
Gordon R. Sullivan with the Associated on the United States Army thanked Denham in a letter of support:
"On behalf of the membership of the Association of the United States Army, I write to thank you for introducing H.R. 4155. This Veterans Skills to Jobs Act would direct the head of each federal department or agency to ensure than an applicant for any federal license who has received relevant training while serving as a member of the armed forces shall be deemed to satisfy the requirements for the license unless the training was not substantially equivalent to the license requirements."
The Association of the United States Navy's Legislative Director, Anthony Wallis, expressed their support, stating in a letter:
"On behalf of the Association of the United States Navy (AUSN), we applaud and support your bill H.R. 4155, the Veteran Skills to Jobs Act, which would direct the head of each Federal department and agency to treat relevant military training as sufficient to satisfy training or certification requirements for Federal licenses.
"Thank you for taking an active role with legislative efforts to ease transition of service members and help combat unemployment amongst veterans."
Additionally, Denham's bipartisan, bicameral Veteran Skills to Jobs Act has been championed by the following Veteran Service Organizations:
The Air Force Association
The Navy League
The National Guard Association of the United States
The Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States
The Retired Enlisted Association