The state of Maryland may soon pass one of the most comprehensive Veteran’s bills in the nation. The Veterans Full Employment Act of 2013 is a three-part proposal that would require an expedited process for veterans and spouses of active-duty service members applying for licenses in more than 45 professions, including teachers, electricians, mechanics, doctors and real estate agents.
The second part would require universities to better translate military courses and experience into college credits. And the third aspect of the bill would grant veterans and some spouses a temporary or “provisional” license until they met all of Maryland’s licensing rules.
Department of Defense representative, Frank DiGiovanni, testified at the Maryland State House on the benefits of the bill last Tuesday. He stressed the importance of putting skilled workers and veterans back to work, and mentioned that, “In January, the unemployment rate was 31.5% for 18-24 year old veterans, as compared to the national average for that same age groups of about 7.9%”. DiGiovanni also stressed the fact that, over the next five years an end-strength cutdown will increase the number of service members leaving the military each year by 100,000 people. With these increasing numbers looming in the near future, the time to protect our veterans is now. This bill is only a small gesture in comparison to the grand sacrifice our veterans have provided to this country, and we should do all we can to protect their futures.