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Congressmen introduce bill to help veterans transition to civilian workforce

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Rep. John Rutherford and Rep. Al Lawson are trying to help veterans and their spouses better transition into the civilian workforce.

"I have heard from business owners and hiring managers who want to hire veterans, Rutherford said. "Our military veterans have a proven record of being reliable, dedicated and hard-working, and their varied experience translates well into many careers. Yet many veterans have been frustrated with their post-service opportunities. We need to do more to help these veterans succeed when they transition into civilian life."

The legislation, which was introduced on Oct. 4, creates a grant-matching program for organizations that provide job readiness programs which help ensure veterans have the skills they need to transition into the civilian workforce.

Rutherford and Lawson introduced the Veterans Armed for Success Act at the headquarters of Operation New Uniform, a Jacksonville-based military non-profit. Through skill-based learning and training, 97 percent of veterans who have graduated from Operation New Uniform have found careers within four months of completion.

“Too often, American veterans who have selflessly served our country, return home to little or no job prospects. The Veterans Armed for Success Act equips local organizations with the support they need to train our veterans, and their loved ones, as they transition from serving their country to pursing a professional career," Lawson said.

"I thank Congressman Lawson for his commitment to our veterans by introducing this bill with me, and we look forward to seeing many more veterans find fulfilling careers in Northeast Florida," Rutherford said.