Rep. Bishop Testifies Before House VA Committee, Supports ‘Hiring Heroes Act’
WASHINGTON – Rep. Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-2), sponsor of H.R. 1941, the Hiring Heroes Act of 2011, testified before the House Veterans Affairs Committee this morning.
Defending the measure, Rep. Bishop said, “We have an obligation to help our veterans land on their feet when they come home and help them find good paying jobs to support their families. These are the members of our society that have risked the most for our country. Our current system, although well-intended, simply does not focus enough on our service-members transition into civilian life.”
“Providing more support to our nation’s veterans is simply the right thing to do, and I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle and passing the Hiring Heroes Act of 2011.”
H.R. 1941 is the House companion bill to S. 951, the Hiring Heroes Act of 2011, which was introduced in the Senate by Senator Murray (WA). The bill will improve the provision of Federal transition, rehabilitation, vocational, and unemployment benefits to members of the Armed Forces and veterans.
The bi-partisan legislation has 55 cosponsors and the support of various veterans and service member groups, including the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Military Officers Association of America, and Military Families United.
Information on the bill can be read here.