Darrell Issa | Serving California's 49th District

House Passes Bill to Help Veterans Obtain Jobs

May 24, 2013

I was proud this week to vote in support of legislation that successfully passed the U.S. House of Representatives that will expand job training programs available to military veterans.

H.R. 1412, the Improving Job Opportunities for Veterans Act of 2013, expands and improves an existing on-the-job training program that allows veterans to use educational benefits earned through their military service to learn a trade or skill by participation in an apprenticeship or on-the-job training program that leads to ready employment in high-demand fields.
As our veterans come back home, they face a challenging transition into the civilian workforce.  We have a moral obligation to provide them every opportunity to gain the necessary skills and training to become top-tier job candidates.

The Improving Job Opportunities for Veterans Act of 2013 directs the Department of Veteran Affairs to work with other federal departments and agencies to develop on-the-job training programs for veterans and improves incentives for private employers to operate similar programs.

Veterans’ unemployment is a serious and persistent issue that must be addressed with the help of both the private and public sector.  This Act is a public-private partnership that will not only give our veterans the training they need to get a good job and take care of their families but will also provide employers with some of the nation’s hardest working employees.

Read the text of the Improving Job Opportunities for Veterans Act of 2013 here.

For veterans wishing to learn more on employment assistance, please click here.