According to Veterans Today, the HR 4155 bill, known as the Veteran Skills to Jobs Act, will allow veterans to apply skills they learned in their military service to applications for federal licenses. Skills such as firearm safety and other security or weapons-related training would be able to qualify a veteran for certain federal licenses that require civilian certifications in these areas. This removes the need for redundant training and can speed up the process of obtaining a license that is necessary for certain types of employment.
The other bill, HR 4114, is the Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) Act which will bring veterans’ disability benefit pay up to the same level of compensation as Social Security and other federal benefits. The COLA is approved automatically for other federal benefits, but must be approved by the Senate every time before it can increase veterans’ disability benefits.
The Veteran Skills to Jobs Act passed the Senate on July 11th and awaits President Obama’s signature to become law. The COLA Act is still awaiting Senate approval but with little controversy at House level, there’s little risk it will gain any opposition in the Senate.
There are several other bills awaiting decisions at various levels of government, including one for education benefits, one for military family housing, and one for veterans’ fiduciary rights. As the laws change for veterans benefits and resources it is important to have a veterans’ disability attorney helping with your veterans’ disability claim so you are taking full advantage of what is available to you and your family.
If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, a South Florida disability attorney from Veterans Help Group is ready to help. To learn if you are entitled to certain programs and benefits contact our veteran’s disability rights firm today – 1-855-855-8992.