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Improving Transparency of Education Opportunities for Veterans Act of 2012

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. STIVERS. I would like to thank the gentleman for yielding, and I would like to thank my colleague, Mr. Walz, for his help as we've tried to enact the Hire at Home Act, which has been rolled into this bill. The legislation came from a roundtable in my district of veterans last fall. And as veterans return home today with military training they've received, that training is not recognized by civilian authorities and States, and therefore they're forced to go through redundant training to do the job they were doing in the military.

However, if somebody can do a job while serving in a war zone, they can certainly do that same job at home in a safe environment.

With so many veterans returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan, we need to make sure we do everything we can to help get them back to work. It's shameful that the unemployment rate among post-9/11 veterans is 12.7 percent, according to a recent report of the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That's why we introduced the Hire at Home Act. It will help, as Representative Walz said, remove barriers in front of these soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines and get them the civilian certifications they need to get them to work as soon as they get home. It forces States to do this by ensuring that in order to receive certain workforce development grants, they have to streamline these certifications.

I would like to thank all those who have helped make this bill happen today: Representative Walz, Representative Bilirakis, Representative Miller, and Representative Stutzman. And I'd like to thank Senator Pryor for his interest in the Senate. I would like to call on the United State Senate to pass this bill as soon as we get it done. I'd like to thank the Members of this body for their support and urge all the Members to support this legislation.


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