Third Way Supports Rep. Denny Heck’s Legislation to Connect Military Service to Middle Class Jobs

September 29, 2016

WASHINGTON—The U.S. military spends billions of dollars each year providing training—much of which is highly applicable for civilian jobs. Yet, eight in ten service members leave the military without a job lined up after their service. One of the major reasons for this is because states have unique credentialing standards for jobs that are often not in line with military training. That’s why Third Way is strongly supporting new legislation by Representative Denny Heck (D-WA) that would help veterans transition into civilian careers through clear and consistent licensing and credentialing requirements across states.

“Over the next few years, the military is expected to transition one million service members into the civilian world,” said Gabe Horwitz, Vice President for the Economic Program at Third Way. “But the current lack of integration between the military and the civilian job market is a disservice to our veterans and imposes unnecessary costs on our economy. Representative Heck’s bill is a forward-thinking approach to ensure that newly separating veterans can take their training from the military and put it directly to use in the civilian world in a way that honors their service and their skillset, and builds their post-military career.”

“When I ran a small business, we hired a veteran every chance we could. They bring with them the skills, intelligence, and expertise, along with an incredible work ethic to match,” said Congressman Denny Heck. “To make these talented veterans go back to school or train again after they have already learned the trade in the military is not what our economy needs. We need to fix this so transitioning service members report to work instead of going back to square one for something they’ve already mastered during their military service.”

The Collaborating for Economic Reintegration of Troops (CERT) Act will convene a congressional commission tasked with developing new occupational licensing and certifications for high demand jobs that can be accepted within every State and territory within the United States, and encourage its adoption for veterans. This will give veterans the security of knowing that their training will translate into economic opportunities for their families.

To read more about how the CERT Act fulfills our commitment to our veterans, makes our military more efficient, and develops a modern workforce, read our report, Operation Certification – How to Help Vets Succeed in the New Economyhere

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