House bill to strengthen vet job training

Wednesday - 5/25/2011, 1:10pm EDT

By Jolie Lee
Federal News Radio

A bill introduced this week in the House would improve job training for veterans, according to a statement from bill sponsor Rep. Sanford Bishop (D-Ga.).

The bill, the Hiring Heroes Act of 2011, mandates veterans' participation in the Transition Assistance Program, a Defense Department program to help servicemembers transition to civilian life. TAP includes counseling and employement workshops.

The bill would also create a grant program for not-for-profit organizations that offer mentoring and job training for veterans.

"Our troops have gone above and beyond the call of duty to defend our country, but far too often, when they return home they cannot find a job to help make ends meet," Bishop said in the statement. "This legislation will dramatically improve the assistance and training available to our veterans, and encourage businesses and government contractors to hire the brave men and women who developed valuable skills while in the armed forces."

The bill is a companion to one introduced earlier this month in the Senate by Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.).