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NEWS: Committee Passes Legislation to Give Veterans Occupational and Academic Credit for Military Training

For Immediate Release: February 12th, 2013

Committee Passes Legislation to Give Veterans Occupational and Academic Credit for Military Training

Senate Bill 4 cuts red tape for veterans transitioning back into the civilian workforce

         JUNEAU–This morning, the Senate State Affairs Committee passed Senate Bill 4 out of committee. Senate Bill 4, sponsored by Senator Bill Wielechowski (D-Anchorage), helps eliminate the red tape veterans face when they leave the service and seek employment or a degree in the field where they have been working for years.

         Senate Bill 4 directs state boards to accept relevant military education, training, and service as equivalent to some or all of the qualifications required while applying for a license or certificate. It also directs the University of Alaska to implement policies and procedures to accept military experience as credit toward a degree or technical program.

         According to the Department of Defense, as of September 2012, 773,000 thousand Veterans were unemployed and the jobless rate for post-9/11 veterans was 9.9%, with young male Veterans (ages 18 to 24) experiencing an unemployment rate of 18.1%. Data also indicates that last year, 1,231 military members who separated or retired call Alaska home. This legislation will help those veterans find employment quicker to support their families.

         “The unemployment numbers for veterans are shocking and sad,” said Senator Wielechowski. “This legislation is a big step forward in making sure that veterans don’t have to start over and go through training even though they have been working in a specific field for years.”

         Senate Bill 4 now heads to the Senate Labor and Commerce Committee for further consideration.

For more information, please call Kendra Kloster at (907) 465-2435 or email at kendra.kloster@akleg.gov

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