Letter to the editor: Bill proposes easier move to civilian workforce

Angela Hansen is disabled Air Force veteran who lives at Cannon Air Force Base, where her husband is stationed. This submission on the Hiring Heroes Act of 2011 is part of a project for a college class.

The Hiring Heroes Act of 2011 is a bill that would allow for veterans of the military to receive additional educational benefits, participate in mandatory training for military-to-civilian job transition, require the Department of Labor to take an intensive look at how military jobs translate to civilian jobs, as well as provide tax credits for employers who hire veterans.

Military veterans are having a difficult time finding jobs because they find that after they are separated from the service, their acquired skills do not always translate to civilian jobs. In the civilian sector, veterans may be required to complete additional training, obtain certificates or even college degrees in order to continue doing the job they had been trained for in the military.

An experienced veteran may find themselves needing to go back to school in order to continue making a living. This may put a hardship on their family, especially if the veteran was the only person in the household working. Even if a veteran has retired from the military, they only make half of the pay they received from their most current rank. In a lot of cases, this money is not enough to support a family, so the veteran may feel the need to work to make up for the cut in pay.

The Hiring Heroes Act of 2011 is important because it helps veterans make an easier transition into a civilian career. Veterans who may have used a significant amount of their GI Bill may be eligible for additional educational benefits, which may be just the thing they need in order to secure a job in the civilian sector. This act will also make it easier on veterans by allowing the Department of Labor to aid in determining how veterans can obtain needed certificates and licenses in order to work for civilian agencies.

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