The Mobilizing Opportunities for Veterans Employment (MOVE) Act was introduced as H.R. 3473 by U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) and U.S. Rep. Tom Petri (R-Wis.). The bipartisan legislation will hopefully help the entire U.S. veteran population find employment, according to an article in The State Journal.
Veterans do not deserve to put their lives on the line for this country only to come back to unemployment rates higher than the general civilian population. In relation to many assigned missions abroad that include nation building, the jobs created by this bill would allow these veterans to help re-build this country’s transportation infrastructure. For many veterans, the skill sets needed to perform this work are already present, making them very favorable choices for such positions.
The MOVE Act is unique in that it is not just a “standard” job creation bill. Instead, it will affect any state agency accepting federal highway money and creates, within those departments, specific opportunities for veteran preferences. Simply, state departments would be held responsible for ensuring that contractors they use for construction work give preference in hiring to veterans.
Reducing the unemployment rate among veterans is certainly one issue that can be solved. This war-zone to work-zone legislation can produce favorable results for all those involved, as veterans are given chances at employment, and employers are given the opportunity to hire solid employees.
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