State Rep. Connie Pillich (D-Montgomery) announced she will introduce a House Resolution urging Congress to immediately pass the Veterans Jobs Corps Act. This week, the bill was blocked in the U.S. Senate by Republicans.
The Veterans Jobs Corps Act would create new job training programs to help veterans utilize their military skills and find work in targeted fields, including police and firefighting, historic preservation, and national park conservation. This bill was fully paid for and did not initiate any new spending.
“As the men and women who have proudly served this nation return home, it is our duty to make sure they can find good paying secure jobs,” said Rep. Pillich. “There is a lot of talk about how important job creation is but there has been little action. Now is the time to act. The Veterans Jobs Corps Act will work to ensure our veterans can make a living and provide for their families once they return home.”
Veterans have been disproportionately affected by the recession in recent years. The rate of unemployment for veterans has often drastically outpaced civilians. In some segments, veterans’ unemployment rate reached 48 percent. In August, the unemployment rate for Iraq and Afghanistan- era veterans was 10.9 percent.