WASHINGTON — President Obama signed Rep. Tim Walz’s Veterans Skills to Jobs Act into law on Monday.
The House and Senate unanimously passed the bill earlier this month. Walz sponsored the bill with Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.). According to his office:
Rather than going through the process of redundant trainings for jobs they are already qualified for, the Walz/Denham legislation directs the head of each federal department and agency to treat relevant military training as sufficient to satisfy training or certification requirements for federal license. Veterans with the relevant training would be eligible to receive a federal license and get back to work immediately.
“We must do all we can to ensure our veterans are finding careers that give them the opportunity to utilize their skills, support their families, and have passion for their work,” Walz said in a statement. “This law will work to do just that.”
The unemployment rate for veterans was 7.4 percent in June, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, below the national average of 8.2 percent. But the unemployment rate for veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan was a full two points higher, at 9.5 percent.
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