A wide variety of congressional bills and proposed legislation supports employment and expands employment opportunities for today's military veterans.
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A wide variety of congressional bills and proposed legislation supports employment and expands employment opportunities for today's military veterans.

H.R. 1089: VETERANS EMPLOYMENT RIGHTS REALIGNMENT ACT of 2009
Passed the House of Representatives May 19, 2009

Amendment to U.S. code title 38, the Veterans Employment Rights Realignment Act ensures the employment and reemployment rights of U.S. armed forces veterans by Federal executive agencies. Veterans' rights under the Veterans Employments Rights Realignment Act include the right to file a complaint against an employer with the Office of Special Council, if an employer has failed to comply with the rules of veterans' employment.

H.R. 1088: MANDATORY VETERAN SPECIALIST TRAINING ACT of 2009
Passed House of Representatives May 19, 2009

Amendment to U.S. code title 38, the Veteran Specialist Training Act provides a one-year training period for disabled veterans to develop skills as a specialist. Training programs for U.S. veterans are provided by the National Veterans' Employment and Training Services Institute. One-year training periods are reduced from the previous three-year period given to disabled veterans to complete specialist training programs, creating greater efficiency and increased time for veterans in the work force.

H.R. 1171: HOMELESS VETERANS REINTEGRATION PROGRAM REAUTHORIZATION ACT of 2009
Passed House of Representatives March 30, 2009

Amendment to U.S. code title 38, the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Act reauthorizes the Homeless Veterans Program for fiscal years 2010 to 2014. The Homeless Veterans program is carried out through the Department of Veteran Affairs, and includes job training, counseling, job placement, grants from the Secretary of Labor, and programs to help homeless veterans care for their dependents.

H.R. 5120: VETERANS EMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE ACT of 2010
Introduced April 22, 2010

The goals of the Veterans Employment Assistance Act are to improve employment services for veterans serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, as well as other U.S. military veterans. This bill is going through the first stages of the legislative process, which includes being researched and revised before general debate.

The Veterans Employment Assistant Act is a response to the staggering unemployment rates among veterans between the ages of 18 and 24, which were 14.1 percent in 2008, and 21.6 percent in 2009. Although veterans receive skilled training during their time in the military, it has been found that they need a bridge to apply these skills to the civilian labor force. This bill proposes Veterans Business Center Programs to provide veterans with entrepreneurial training and support. The goal of Veteran Business Centers will be to help military veterans apply their knowledge and skills to develop a successful business after military service.

S. 3171 VETERANS TRAINING ACT
Introduced March 25, 2010

Proposed to amend U.S. code title 38, the Veterans Training Act will authorize the approval of veterans' education programs under post-9/11 Education Assistance Programs, offered by postsecondary educational institutions.

H.R. 1647: VETERANS' EMPLOYMENT TRANSITION SUPPORT ACT of 2009
Introduced March 19, 2009

The Veterans' Employment Transition Support Act (VETS) seeks to amend the Internal Revenue Code from 1986, to allow a credit-against-income tax credit to employers who hire veterans.

This tax credit would be a general business tax credit, set amounts for the tax credit are 40% of the veteran's first-year wages, with increases for disabled veterans based on their disability ratings. VETS creates an incentive for employers to hire U.S. military veterans and disabled veterans, increasing employment opportunities for veterans.

H.R. 1803: VETERANS BUSINESS CENTER ACT of 2009
Passed House of Representatives July 28, 2009

The Veterans Business Center Act is an amendment to the Small Business Act, establishing a Veterans Business Center program to benefit veterans of the U.S. military.

The goals of the Veterans Business Center are to provide veterans with entrepreneurial training, counseling, and grants to fund one-on-one training classes for veterans to develop skills to start their own business. There is also a 50% non-federal funding match for Veterans Business Centers, though this requirement is to be waved for certain areas with low-income populations or high-unemployment rates. The Veterans Business Center Act also requires a yearly report to Congress on the activities and success of small businesses owned by U.S. veterans.



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