National Guardsmen and Reservists working for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) returning home from combat will now be guaranteed employment protections under a plan championed by U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill.
"When our men and women in uniform are called to leave their homes and families to serve our country, the least we can do is make sure that their jobs will be waiting for them when they return," said McCaskill, a leading cosponsor of the measure. "It's time the TSA joined every other federal agency in guaranteeing our Guardsmen and Reservists the job security they've earned."
The legislation that has been approved by Congress and awaits the President's signature will require the TSA to comply with the Uniformed Services Employment And Reemployment Rights Act, which protects most National Guard and Reservists from employment discrimination based on their service. TSA employees were exempted from those protections when the agency was created following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The TSA is the last federal entity with such an exclusion.
McCaskill, the daughter of a World War II veteran, has been a champion for military veterans since coming to the Senate in 2006, and was a founding member of the Senate Veterans Jobs Caucus. In June, McCaskill led a Senate hearing to examine progress made by government contractors in the hiring of military veterans. McCaskill also questioned witnesses on how to address the disproportionate unemployment experienced by members of the National Guard and Reserve.