Congresswoman Martha McSally

Representing the 2nd District of Arizona

McSally Bill to Help Underemployed Veterans Passes Subcommittee

October 25, 2017
Press Release
Bill Allows Vets to Use GI Bill Benefits to Qualify for Skills-Based Jobs

WASHINGTON, DC—The House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity today passed Congresswoman McSally’s bill to increase veterans’ access to skills training programs. The bill equips warfighters to pursue careers in high-demand occupations.

“Businesses want to hire veterans, but the number of underemployed veterans is on the rise. My bill addresses this imbalance by making it easier for veterans to take advantage of pre-apprenticeship programs in skills-based fields,” said Rep. McSally. “Our veterans have already earned these education benefits. They should be able to use them in a way that best fits their career needs—and that addresses our nationwide shortage of workers in highly technical fields. I will continue to shepherd this measure through the legislative process until we can make this solution a reality for our heroes coming home.”

Earlier this month, Congresswoman McSally testified before the subcommittee outlining how her bill will help unemployed and underemployed veterans by allowing them to use their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits for pre-apprenticeship programs the Department of Labor has already approved.

The Veterans’ Entry to Apprenticeship Act unanimously passed out of the Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity and will next be evaluated by the full committee.