By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– Today, the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity passed a veterans’ jobs bill introduced by Rep. Paul Cook (R- Apple Valley). HR 3286, the HIRE Vets Act of 2016 is a bipartisan bill that would promote private sector recruiting, hiring, and retaining of men and women who served honorably in the U.S. military through a voluntary and effective program. Specifically, it would create an awards program recognizing the meaningful, verifiable efforts undertaken by employers – both large and small – to hire and retain veterans. The bill is designed to be self-funded and completely voluntary for employers.
Through the U.S. Department of Labor, the HIRE Vets Act would allow businesses to apply to be honored for their commitment to hire and retain veterans. The employer would be able to display “HIRE Vets Medallions” on products and marketing materials, conveying to veterans and the public that their business makes veterans a priority. These medallions would be awarded to businesses with specific veteran hiring and retention goals each year.
To ensure proper oversight, the Secretary of Labor would be required to provide Congress with annual reports on the success of the program with regard to veteran employment and retention results.
Rep. Cook said, “I’m pleased to see this important bill advance through committee and am appreciative of the bipartisan support of my colleagues. It’s imperative that we do everything we can to ensure veterans find meaningful employment and this bill is an important step in accomplishing that.”
A member of the House Natural Resources, Armed Services, and Foreign Affairs Committees, Cook served as an infantry officer and retired after 26 years as a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his time in combat, he was awarded the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.