May 5, 2012

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Gillibrand, Lowey announce legislation to assist vets in education, job training

YONKERS – US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York) and Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-Westchester) Friday announced legislation to help provide education and job training for young veterans and to streamline certification processes for civilian jobs.

The lawmakers announced their proposal while in Yonkers on Friday. It would make training more accessible, protect veterans’ access to education and ease hiring processes for veterans.

The Veterans Skills to Jobs Act would require agencies to recognize relevant military training and skills when certifying vets for federal occupational licenses. Instead of spending time retraining, the lawmakers said veterans would be able to receive a federal license if it is determined their military experience is enough to fulfill the license requirements.

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