As members of Congress return to Washington, Tim Kaine urged Republican and Democratic leaders to find common ground in support of the Veterans Jobs Corps Act sponsored by Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Bill Nelson (D-FL):
"This legislation is another step toward addressing unemployment among our veterans, especially our returning Iraq and Afghanistan veterans whose unemployment rate shamefully outpaces the national average. By improving career services and identifying fields that are uniquely suited to veterans' skills and leadership abilities, like first responder jobs, this legislation will increase employment opportunities for our nation's returning heroes.
"We're doing something very wrong as a nation if our veterans are not able to get traction in the civilian workforce. A centerpiece of my campaign for U.S. Senate has been finding innovative ways to ensure the private sector recognizes our service members' extraordinary training and translates those skills into meaningful career opportunities. A streamlining of credentials between the military and the civilian workforce, combined with job placement services like those offered in the Veterans Jobs Corps Act, is the right approach to reducing veterans' unemployment. This legislation is fully-funded and begins to address an issue that every member of Congress should be invested in solving. I urge Washington to put aside partisanship and pass the Veterans Jobs Corps Act."