NGAUS Washington Report
(April 30, 2013) Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., has introduced legislation to ease the professional certification and licensing process in the civilian job market for veterans who have had similar training while in uniform.
The Troop Talent Act of 2013, H.R. 1796, joins a companion bill introduced earlier in the Senate by Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., and Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga.
If signed into law, the bill would allow military tuition assistance and the Post 9/11 GI Bill to be used for courses required for credentials. The bill has 27 co-sponsors from both sides of the aisle.
“Members of our military who serve in positions such as truck drivers and pilots should be able to earn credentials for similar roles in the private sector at the same time,” Duckworth said in a statement. “Veterans who have performed their duties under intense pressure serving our country will be invaluable to employers in need of talent.”