Sending Office: Honorable Steve Cohen
116th Reintroduction – Putting our Veterans Back to Work Act
Support our Veteran’s Transition to Civilian Life.
115th Cosponsors (H.R. 856): Reps. Kelly, DelBene, Cartwright, Slaughter, Bordallo, Norton, Payne, Jr., Welch, McGovern, Pocan, Engel, Norcross, Larsen
In 2011, Congress passed with overwhelming bipartisan support, the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011, which authorized the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish a program to provide retraining assistance for our nation’s unemployed veteran heroes. Through
the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP), the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) approved over 126,000 applications, of which, 76,000 veterans enrolled in a training program.
While this program provided training for education that led to high demand occupations, including management, business and financial operations, protective service, construction, transportation, and others, the law only authorized the program through March
Our veterans, who are heroes and have sacrificed much in the name of service to our country, have earned our support in ensuring that they are afforded meaningful employment opportunities. This is a promise that we must keep.
This is why I introduced the Putting Our Veterans Back to Work Act, which:
- Reauthorizes VRAP.
- Extends unemployment benefits for veterans who have exhausted their benefits under state law.
- Directs the Secretary of Homeland Security and the Attorney General to award grants to hire veterans as firefighters and law enforcement officers.
- Instructs executive agencies to give preference to federal contracts which employ veterans.
I invite you to join me as an original cosponsor of this legislation. For additional information or to cosponsor this legislation, please contact Betsy Dudley in my office at
As always I remain,
Member of Congress
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