Helping our Veterans Return Home to Jobs
Mar 7, 2012 -
They march directly into the face of danger for our freedom. Our military men and women receive the best training in the world, and they prove their skills in a war zone every day. We put our country and our freedom in their capable hands, but when they return home and leave the military, our troops often face barriers that keep them out of the civilian workforce.
This problem was brought to my attention last fall when I held a veterans roundtable in Hilliard. During our discussion, veterans Angela King, Dustin Crum, David Warnock, and others told me how unreasonable it is to make veterans take entry-level courses or redo certifications for jobs at home that they performed in a war zone.
As a result of that roundtable discussion, I made it a priority to introduce the Helping Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Return to Employment at Home Act (HIRE at Home Act). This bill helps transitioning service members and veterans, who received military training, to do equivalent jobs in the private-sector fields of medicine and truck driving, including state tested nursing assistant (STNA), certified nursing assistant, registered nurse, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), and commercial truck driver.
The unemployment rate for veterans is at around 13.1 percent, and with the number of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, we need to make every effort to help them transition back to work right away—not block them from entering into the civilian workforce. The employment barriers that are keeping many of our veterans out of the workforce are preventing them from contributing to our communities and the economy, and my bill will fix that problem.
I would like to thank all of our current service members and veterans for their service to our country. One of the few issues that unifies Congress is giving our veterans the gratitude and respect they have so rightly earned and deserve. I assure you that my office is here and ready to help with any issues you may have with the Veterans Administration or any other federal agency, so please do not hesitate to contact me in my Central Ohio District Office at 614-771-4968.