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Congressman Dave Trott

Representing the 11th District of Michigan

Trott Introduces Legislation to Support Returning Veterans’ Transition to Civilian Life

June 27, 2017
Press Release
Legislation facilitates educational and career opportunities for returning servicemen and women

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Dave Trott (MI-11) issued the following statement after introducing the Bolstering Returning American Veterans’ Education (BRAVE) Act and the Securing Experienced Returning Veterans Employment (SERVE) Act, legislation that aids returning veterans’ transition into civilian life:

“Our nation’s servicemen and women, without hesitation, put their lives on the line every day to protect ours. Upon returning home, we must ensure they have the ability to easily transition back into civilian life, whether they return to continue their education or to utilize skills refined on the battlefield to begin a successful career. They have earned nothing less than our full support in beginning a rewarding civilian life.”

Throughout their military service, servicemen and women attain valuable professional skills, such as truck driving or welding. However, upon returning home they are often unable to transition these skills into civilian jobs because they lack the required occupational licenses. The Securing Experienced Returning Veterans Employment (SERVE) Act gives states the ability to issue the appropriate licenses to well-qualified service members after they have verified their military training meets state standards.

Upon returning home, veterans continuing their education may receive college credits based on their military service. However, many times, veterans are met with curriculum counselors who are unfamiliar with the college credits they deserve based on their service, leading them to take duplicative classes. The Bolstering Returning American Veterans’ Education (BRAVE) Act requires the Department of Veterans Affairs work with national and state veteran’s organizations to establish and provide training for higher education curriculum counselors. This training will help returning servicemen and women receive the appropriate college credit for their military service, ensuring the maximum use of their GI bill benefits and the efficient use of taxpayer dollars.