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O’Rourke introduces bill to help soldiers find jobs

Congressman Beto O'Rourke

Rep. Beto O’Rourke has introduced a new bill aimed to make it easier for soldiers to find jobs outside of the military.

He said the Veteran Apprenticeship and Labor Opportunity Reform (VALOR) Act is designed to help streamline apprenticeship programs for troops transitioning into civilian life.

O’Rourke said it will provide veterans more access to apprenticeship training programs.

“Currently, employers who hire veterans through apprenticeships are required to individually register their programs with each state approval agency,” Rep. O’Rourke said in a statement. “This creates a burdensome and unnecessary paperwork process that ultimately discourages employers from offering apprenticeships.”

Douglas Piltz, transition service manager for the Transition Assistance Program at Fort Bliss said this bill could be very beneficial.

"I think this is going to help tremendously,” he said. “Because, anything we can do to help soldiers transition from the military and help them get jobs is awesome."

He said they also have one goal in mind when helping soldiers.

"Every soldier should have a job when they transition,” Piltz said.

O’Rourke said the bill will be a win-win for veterans and employers.

“This legislation is a golden opportunity to support those transitioning from active duty to civilian life in El Paso, throughout Texas, and across the country,” he said.

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