New Bill: Putting Our Veterans Back to Work
Last week in Congress, Sen. Harry Reid [D-NV] introduced a new bill, the Putting Our Veterans Back to Work Act of 2013, which is intended to reauthorize the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011, provide assistance to small businesses owned by veterans, and improve enforcement of employment and reemployment rights of members of the uniformed services.
The full text of the bill can be read here. 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.
To see more legislation that affects veteran jobs, and connect with your local representatives, visit the Military.com Legislative Center.
VetNet: Online Transition Service
VetNet is a virtual career resource designed to assist servicemembers, veterans and military spouses on the job hunt. There are three tracks to VetNet: (1) Basic Training Track, which help veterans with resume writing workshops; (2) Career Connections Track, where veterans participate in video chats with industry experts, and get advice from other veterans; and (3) Entrepreneur Track, which offers college-level business courses. For more information, visit the VetNet website at http://www.vetnethq.com/.