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house Bill H.R. 1227

Do Veterans and Reserve-Service Members Need Another job Placement Program?

Argument in favor

Helping our service-members transition their skills to the workforce not only benefits veterans, but the U.S. workforce as a whole. Using federal and state resources will make the program more efficient and cost-effective.

MateoLowe's Opinion
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03/27/2015
Veterans make a big sacrifice for the country and come home to struggling to find work. They served for many years but can't find a job or often find one that they are over qualified for.
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Melvin's Opinion
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04/01/2015
There are many programs to help veterans, but are in hiding and must be hunted out. The veteran's are then beat up by a system making things so hard that they give up or die, which is what they really want so they can save money or pay higher bonuses.
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Bluevol1976's Opinion
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04/07/2015
It's our duty to make sure these men and women transition into the civilian world after serving our country.
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Argument opposed

There are already programs that help service members find jobs Not to mention, this bill makes States foot part of the bill. States should be the ones who control and operate work programs for vets, not the Federal government.

Wayne's Opinion
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03/27/2015
I am a Vet. Getting the VA cleaned up and working for all Vets, should be first priority.
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PacificCstar's Opinion
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06/11/2015
I have spent the past year working with nonprofits that assist veterans in job placement. We do not need another job placement program. Just ONE that actually works. Vets don't need 8 different agencies/nonprofits with the same bureaucracy- just one that provides one-on-one attention and actual follow-up.
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David's Opinion
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03/28/2015
We have more than enough programs to help veterans. I am a Viet Nam Vet and the GI is plenty.
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      house Committees
      Committee on Armed Services
      Military Personnel
      Economic Opportunity
      Committee on Veterans' Affairs
    IntroducedMarch 3rd, 2015

What is House Bill H.R. 1227?

This bill would create a pilot program in the Department of Defense (DOD) to enhance job placement and employment services for veterans of the Armed Forces, and members of the National Guard and Reserves.

The pilot program would be based on a job placement program model that focuses on working one-on-one with a veteran or member of the National Guard and Reserves. The services offered would focus on job placement, including:

  • Identifying unemployed and underemployed members and veterans;

  • Job matching services;

  • Resume editing;

  • Interview preparation;

  • Post-employment follow-up.

Pilot program development would be informed by existing state level employment programs. Funding for these programs are conditional, however, as this bill requires states to contribute an amount equal to at least 30 percent of the funding that the DOD forks over. All of the state-contributed funds must be from non-federal sources.

The DOD Secretary would be directed to develop a way to measure the success of the pilot program. Before March 1, 2019 the Secretary of Defense would have to submit a report describing the results of the pilot program to Congressional defense committees. This report would include:

  • A description and assessment of the pilot program’s effectiveness — including the number of veterans and members of the National Guard and Reserves that are hired and the cost-per-placement involved in those hires.

  • An assessment of the impact of the pilot program on employment levels of reservists, and its impact on the readiness of members of the Reserves.

  • A comparison of the pilot program to other programs conducted by the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide unemployment and underemployment support to veterans and members of the National Guard and Reserves.

The authority to carry out this pilot program would expire on September 30, 2018, and the Secretary of Defense would be empowered to extend the program by no more than two additional fiscal years.

Impact

Veterans and service-members, U.S. businesses and general employers, the U.S. workforce, states that participate in the pilot program, Congressional defense committees, the Department of Defense, and the Secretary of Defense.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 1227

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable. This legislation does however, limit the amount that can be spent on this pilot program in a given fiscal year at $20 million.

More Information

In-Depth: An essentially identical version of this legislation was introduced during the 113th Congress, but it did not advance out of committee to receive a vote.


Of Note: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), in 2014 the unemployment rate for veterans served on active duty since September 2001 improved to 7.2 percent from around 9 percent the year before. The unemployment rate for all veterans was 5.3 percent, and there were 573,000 unemployed veterans looking for work.

This legislation is based off a veterans job placement program created by the state of California in 2012 called, Work for Warriors. It operates with with a $1.5 million annual budget, and it has helped more than 3,200 service-members find work at an average cost of $500 per person (there is no cost for eligible participants or businesses).


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Summary by Eric Revell

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AKA

Work for Warriors Act of 2015

Official Title

To authorize a pilot program in the Department of Defense to enhance efforts to provide job placement assistance and related employment services directly to members of the National Guard and Reserves and veterans of the Armed Forces.

    Veterans make a big sacrifice for the country and come home to struggling to find work. They served for many years but can't find a job or often find one that they are over qualified for.
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    I am a Vet. Getting the VA cleaned up and working for all Vets, should be first priority.
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    I have spent the past year working with nonprofits that assist veterans in job placement. We do not need another job placement program. Just ONE that actually works. Vets don't need 8 different agencies/nonprofits with the same bureaucracy- just one that provides one-on-one attention and actual follow-up.
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    We have more than enough programs to help veterans. I am a Viet Nam Vet and the GI is plenty.
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    The best way to reward our veterans is to allow them to succeed in the same fields and with the same opportunities as anyone else. Surely the veterans will succeed in private life as they have in service. Government's role should be deregulation, not more bureaucracy.
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    There are many programs to help veterans, but are in hiding and must be hunted out. The veteran's are then beat up by a system making things so hard that they give up or die, which is what they really want so they can save money or pay higher bonuses.
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    It's our duty to make sure these men and women transition into the civilian world after serving our country.
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    We treat veterans like crap in this country. Anything that helps them live a good life when they return from their sacrifice needs to be a priority.
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    This is a reasonable pilot program for a worthy cause.
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    The current system has failed our veterans. It's time we give them the support deserving of a nation which claims to honor its soldiers. The army serves the federal government, not the states, so it should be the federal government that is tasked with this. Having the states foot part of the bill is only fair as they benefit equally from the service our soldiers provide.
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    absolutely I am a veteran myself spent 4 years homeless most all people I ran into on the streets were veterans not homeless because we didn't want to work more training is needed job training should be a given by the government when a soldier,airman, marine or sailor comes back fromand is retired from deployment that's one program our veterans should not have to pay for they already did
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    I support our Veterans and want only the best for them but how many times are we going to keep doing the same things, badly, and expect a better result? Einstein defined that as insanity and he was right. Fix what we have, AKA get the Government out of it.
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    As a vet, the government has done enough damage, let the free market help us out. At least they actually care.
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    This would be a helpful service for our men and women in uniform. Those with military service should have job priority over non-military applicants of the same level of qualification. Furthermore, this bill is a fiscally responsible way to help veterans and the economy.
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    The current program is a joke
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    THEY PUT THIER LIFE ON THE LINE FOR US, WE SHOULD HELP THEM GET BACK TO "NORMAL" THERE ARE A LOT OF BORDER JUMPERS TAKEING CITIZENS JOBS
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    Congressman Takano, the author of this legislation, was on my show, Taking the Hill, on MSNBC. The Veterans unemployment rate is getting better, but is too high. This bill would make sure the Department of Defense does its part to find our heroes find work, when they return home. Please click the green “Yea” button, to tell your elected official to pass this bill.
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    Anything that can help veterans after service is a plus.
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    I'm a proud vet, but disagree with more training programs - there are already more than enough opportunities for vets to transition to civilian life. We've got to shore up VA medical treatment, PTSD treatment and support, and also not add to the debt burden that threatens every citizen of this country.
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