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(Victor Valley)– Rep. Paul Cook (R- Apple Valley) and Rep. Dina Titus (D- NV) introduced H.R. 4150, the “Veterans Employment and Training Service Longitudinal Study Act of 2014,” a bill to ensure veterans are receiving effective and successful employment training services. This bill was heard in the House Committee on Veteran Affairs yesterday.
This bipartisan bill authorizes an independent organization to collect and analyze data on the effectiveness of the Department of Labor’s Veterans Employment Training Service (VETS). The study will focus on veterans who have received intensive services from two programs under VETS, the Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) and the Local Veterans Employment Representatives (LVER).
Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) specialists provide intensive services to meet the employment needs of disabled veterans and other eligible veterans. Their primary focus is on veterans who are economically or educationally disadvantaged, including homeless veterans, and veterans with barriers to employment. Local Veterans Employment Representatives (LVER) conduct outreach to employers and focus on increasing and promoting the hiring of veterans.
The study will track the employment status of veterans who have received these services, determine if the program contributed to their employment, monitor the employment retention rate, and determine if the services provided helped them increase their average earnings. A report on the findings will be presented to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs in the House and Senate every year for the next five years. The study’s findings will allow Congress to make improvements to these programs and more efficiently spend taxpayer dollars.
Said Cook, “Congress has a duty to provide our veterans with the best employment services possible. We can’t just authorize these programs and hope they work; we have to follow up and ensure that they are working as they were intended to. The analysis of long-term outcomes is precisely the type of oversight Congress needs to determine the effectiveness of these programs and to ensure long-term success for our nation’s heroes. They deserve nothing less.”
Said Titus, “Our veterans deserve every opportunity to succeed in the civilian workforce. While there are many programs to promote the hiring of veterans, not all are successful, this bill will ensure that our veterans are provided the most effective employment training services.”
A member of the House Armed Services, Veterans’ Affairs, and Foreign Affairs Committees, Cook is a former educator who served as an infantry officer and retired as a Colonel after 26 years in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was awarded the Bronze Star medal with valor device and two Purple Hearts for actions in combat.