DoD Issues with “Hiring Heroes Act of 2011”


DoD objects to provisions of veterans job bill


by Rick Maze


The Defense Department is raising objections to key parts of a bipartisan veterans employment bill, but it may end up being costs — not those complaints — that force lawmakers to scale back on the ambitious legislation.

Friday’s Labor Department report that showed the unemployment rate for Iraq and Afghanistan era veterans was at 12.1 percent in May fuels efforts to pass a comprehensive overhaul of transition assistance and training programs for veterans, called the Hiring Heroes Act of 2011.

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee chairwoman and chief sponsor of the bill, said the high unemployment rate “is simply unacceptable” and is a sign that current programs are not working.

“For too long, we have patted them on the back and pushed them into the civilian job market with no support,” she said Wednesday during a committee hearing that covered the jobs bill, S 951, and 34 other measures pending before the panel.

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