Friday, May 17, 2013

Duckworth Introduces Troop Talent Act 2013

A Message From Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth 

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Dear Neighbors,
Congressional Art Competition Reception:
May 18 at 2 pm CT at the Arlington Green Executive Building, 2101 Arlington Heights Road in Arlington Heights
Celebrate our district's talented high school artists!

The unemployment rate for Veterans who have served in the military since 2001 is nearly 10%. That number is simply unacceptable. Our Veterans deserve every opportunity to achieve the American Dream that they fought for.
That’s why I’ve recently introduced a new bill, called the Troop Talent Act of 2013, which will help our Veterans transition to civilian employment.
Right now, too many of our Veterans do not have the credentials they need for private sector jobs, even though they performed similar work in the military. This bipartisan bill would help align specialty skills acquired in the military with the civilian certifications or licenses required for post-service employment. It will also allow Military Tuition Assistance and the Post 9-11 GI Bill to be used on courses or programs required to obtain a credential or industry certification rather than a degree.
Members of our military who serve in positions such as truck drivers and medics should be able to earn credentials for similar roles in the private sector at the same time. This legislation will benefit our businesses too, because Veterans who have performed their duties under intense pressure serving our country will be invaluable to employers in need of talent.
51 Representatives and 8 Senators, from both parties, have signed on to support this legislation so far. I look forward to keeping you updated on this bill’s progress and my other efforts to grow our economy and put our Veterans – and all Americans – back to work. 
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Rep. Duckworth meeting with the National Association of Manufacturers to talk about supporting 8th district manufacturing.

Tammy Duckworth

Member of Congress

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