Jan 23, 2013 - Helping veterans find jobs is one of the top legislative priorities for Senate Democrats.
One of the first 10 bills introduced in the 113th Congress is a measure that seeks to get more veterans hired for civil service jobs; provide federal grants to encourage employers to hire veterans as first responders; expand small-business loans; and strengthen employment and reemployment rights.
It also extends for two more years the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program, or VRAP, that provides up to one year of GI Bill benefits to certain unemployed veterans so they can learn a new marketable skill.
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee chairman and cosponsor of the bill, said his panel “will be looking very seriously at how to improve veterans’ employment and training programs.”
The bill’s chief sponsor is Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., the Senate majority leader. read more>>>