House’s unanimous passage of Tester’s jobs bill ‘a victory that belongs to all veterans’

Senator’s bipartisan measure now goes to the President to be signed into law

(U.S. SENATE) – U.S. Senator Jon Tester, a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, today released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed his bipartisan VOW to Hire Heroes Act:

“This is a victory that belongs to all veterans in Montana and across the country who know we have a promise to keep—a promise of doing everything we can to provide all veterans with opportunities to find good-paying jobs.  Too many in Congress are focused on dividing this country instead of finding common ground to better serve its citizens.  I’m pleased this bipartisan measure got folks working together to do what’s best for America’s veterans, because they deserve no less.”

The Senate unanimously approved Tester’s VOW to Hire Heroes Act last week.  The measure:
• Ensures that military experience counts for veterans who wish to become civilian truck drivers, paramedics or health providers, mechanics or engineers;
• Provides tax incentives for companies that hire veterans – particularly those who have been unemployed for long periods of time;
• Makes the Transition Assistance Program mandatory for most service members transitioning to civilian status;
• Expands educational and training opportunities for older veterans.

The VOW to Hire Heroes Act is available online HERE.  It now goes to the President to be signed into law.