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Congressman Dave Trott

Representing the 11th District of Michigan

UNANIMOUS: Trott’s Veteran Jobs Legislation Passes U.S. House

July 14, 2017
Press Release
Rep. Trott supports 2.4% troop pay raise in NDAA that bolsters military readiness

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Dave Trott (MI-11) issued the following statement after the Securing Experienced Returning Veterans Employment (SERVE) Act, bipartisan legislation he introduced to aid returning veterans’ transition into civilian life,  unanimously passed the House of Representatives as a part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA):

 “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. Veterans who have refined skills on the battlefield have earned nothing less than our full support in transitioning those skills into a rewarding civilian career. I’m proud my colleagues from both sides of the aisle have come together to show our unwavering support for them.

 “In addition to passing my legislation, this year’s NDAA provides our troops with the modernized equipment and resources they need to safely and effectively do their jobs. It ensures they receive the 2.4% pay raise they have earned, supports their families, all while bolstering our military readiness in the face of an ever-evolving enemy.”

 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.