Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand announced Friday that she’s just introduced legislation that will help veterans returning to civilian life to find work.
She said the bills, which she expects will get bipartisan support, will enhance other measures already taken to combat the high level of unemployment among those who have served in the post-9/11 era, especially in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Their unemployment rate was 10.3 percent in March, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, and some veteran activists say it could be much higher.
One of Gillibrand’s bills would speed up the process for veterans who learn specialized skills in the military when they apply for federal occupational licenses for jobs that would tap those skills.
Another bill would improve the Transition Assistance Program — which offers vets job training and practical skills like resume-writing — by requiring that classes be offered in convenient, off-base locations, for both veterans and their spouses.