Putting Our Vets Back to Work Act of 2013
The Bill highlights include development of a single, unified Federal web-based employment portal, with information on programs and activities focused on veteran employment, unemployment, and training
VeteransNewsNow.com, an online media service for U.S. Veterans, supports and has urged adoption of the ‘Putting Our Veterans Back to Work Act of 2013’, which is intended to reauthorize the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011.
The Bill provides assistance and financial support to small businesses owned by veterans, and funds to improve enforcement of employment and reemployment rights of members of the uniformed services. The new Bill, introduced last week in Congress by Senator Harry Reid, [D, NV], calls for appropriations and grants to support the programs which help hire our Veterans.
The Bill highlights include;
- The Secretary of the VA will develop a single, unified Federal web-based employment portal, with information on programs and activities focused on veteran employment, unemployment, and training.
- Government contracting preference for firms with veteran employees.
- Federal officials could be allowed to suspend contracts with companies who violate employment laws protecting Guardsmen and Reservists.
Right now, the GovTrack.us is reporting that it only has a 12% chance of getting passed. This is outrageous and we are calling on ALL readers and the general public to notify their members of Congress to let them know they must support our U.S. Veterans.
“My goodness, must we explain this to our Congressmen? says Charles Fawkes, Editor of VNN. “I mean, we need to help some of them who are dragging their feet understand that U.S. Veterans are the we in we-the-people. When called upon to serve, U.S. Veterans did so without question. And now we are calling on Congress to serve and not only do what is economically good for our great country but what is morally right for our society.”
The ‘Putting Our Vets Back to Work Act’ calls for $4.5 million to be allocated for the rest of this year and another $4.5 million 2014-15 for reauthorization of collaborative veterans’ training, mentoring and placement programs as well as funding for other veterans’ rehabilitation and vocation assistance.
VNN fully supports this bill and asks all readers to take action and contact your congressman now!