WASHINGTON — Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb., introduced legislation Thursday with Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., aimed at encouraging states to take into account military veterans’ service-connected skills and training when granting state certifications or licenses.
“We’re just not doing this right,” Johanns said during his weekly conference call with reporters. “We need better coordination, a better effort between the states and the Department of Defense.”
For example, a veteran who operates heavy machinery for the military or who drives a truck as part of supply lines can return home and find he can’t get a state license to perform the same work in civilian life without additional civilian training.
The bill would amend eligibility requirements for two formula grant programs that provide money to the states to help veterans find jobs. The states would have to provide more information about how they evaluate a veteran’s prior training.
The idea: Encourage the federal government and the states to work together more effectively to help veterans find work in the fields they know.
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