Served the country? CONGRATULATIONS! You're getting a job!

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Employment is about to go through a unique spike, businesses in the private sector are about to receive major tax breaks, and veterans all across the country are about to be given one great big "thank you for your service" From both Congress and the American people. All of this is thanks to a new program to help place a large number of unemployed and recently separated veterans, and currently drilling guard/reserve service members in jobs of their choice in the workforce.


While jobs in the private sector seem scarce because of issues such as unfair work standards, and an experience-for-Employment-for-experience conundrum, Separated Veterans and servicemembers with the national guard and reserve components now have the ability to receive both the jobs they're most qualified for, as well as the jobs they want.

The Department of Defense today is implementing logistics for the Veterans Employment Allocation Program (VEAP); a new resource to connect both drilling guard and reserve personnel, as well as honorably discharged members of the Armed Forces, with the civilian careers they qualify for and most want. The VEAP was drafted as a small measure to combat the rising degree of homelessness and unemployment by allocating available job openings directly through its Servicemember clientele without the hassle of either an pre Employment interview or drug screening.

On May 23rd, the House of Representatives in congress convened in closed session to present a bill designed to help increase the US employment rate in the private sector among veterans. Presented to the session by Rep. Mia Love [R-UT4], was H.R 639: The Veterans Employment Allocation Act of 2017. The bill was initially designed to apply to every sector of employment in order to provide an equal opportunity hiring process. However the bill was amended to apply only to the private sector, as federal and government employment was already heavily regulated under Title VII of the civil rights act regarding employment discrimination, as well as both ESRG and Title 10 USERA rights enforcing non discrimination against veterans and servicemembers.

Love, on behalf of many disenheartend americans, drafted this bill in response to the rising trend of poor service and flagrant disregard of patients enrolled in the VA healthcare program who are struggling to receive necessary services for both pre-existing conditions and injuries suffered in the line of duty. The VA is also responsible for a recent string of cases of mishandling honorably discharged veterans Montgomery and post 9/11 G.I. Education benefits. Love is quoted as saying "Without The ability to receive benefits as an alternative to working, many veterans are unable to receive the health care they need. And with the VA not providing access to their G.I. Bill's, some of these veterans cannot attend school to earn the qualifications necessary to hold a decent job."

The bill was passed in the house, and presented three days later to the Senate in closed session. The bill received sweeping support from both parties in the Senate. Showing avid support for this bill on behalf of senate democrats was Sen. Joe Donnelly [D-IN]. "This bill does a tremendous service to our veterans," Donnelly stated in an interview with CBS, "it finally gives our armed forces the true thanks they deserve for their sacrifice." The bill was passed without much resistance, and there are indications that it's policies might even be accepted for government sector jobs.

While each job will still have certain qualifications necessary in order for clientele to be eligible for the jobs which they are seeking to have allocated, HR 639 was designed with three particular measures to help give them the opportunity to possess and receive those qualification more effectively. The first part eliminates The requirement for preliminary job experience as veterans will already have received some form of employment through their service as well as transferable job qualities which employers may be looking for. The second part eliminates the requirement for certain jobs to ask that educational diplomas be required as their essential job tasks would be vetted to determine whether supervisors are capable of on-the-job training for their employees. The final part requires employers in certain industries who cannot provide on the job training for their employees to provide schooling/training opportunities for veterans represented by the employment allocation program.

Veterans and currently drilling National Guard/Reserve servicemembers are among those who will be receiving registration opportunities with the VEAP clientele database. Current active component service members will not be eligible for this program as they are considered currently employed and on the payroll of their respective branches. However active duty members who are within six months of their separation from active service and transfer into either the Individual Ready Ready Reserves (IRR) or within three months of their ETS dates may register to be on the waitlist for their client status in the program. The DOD reports that starting in October 2021, all newly enlisted Service members and commissioned officers will automatically be registered to enroll in the program, and will be given priority registration upon completion of their contracts.

HR 639 was not without opponents however. Several private sector business executives were opposed to the bill, saying it would create unfair advantages in employment standards, disproportionate hiring rates, and even put some non-veteran employees out of a job. Target Corpoation CEO Brian Cornell is one of the few major employers whose businesses, he claims, will be negatively affected by having to register for the program . "The Allocation Program will only serve to set a hiring percentage requirement for private sector businesses which will come at the cost of currently employed civilians."

Another branch of the private sector which believes it will be affected badly is the entertainment industry. Industry executives will now have to provide a crystal clear career roadmap for any veteran who wishes to perform, design, construct, or work in any other capacity. Video game producers for example will now have to give precedent to voice over actors who are veterans registered with the program. Among these groups, the most deeply affected may even come out of Hollywood, as producers and casting directors with a workforce of more than 25 people will now be required to have a percentage of their performing cast be veterans before they can consider any other actor. VEAP representatives claim that this is a response to employment practices in entertainment such as the connections system (where who you know actually IS important) and stable hiring of major Hollywood actors and performers. The Walt Disney Corporation's chief spokesperson Zenia Mucha issued the following statement :

"We are starkly opposed to this new program because this may interfere with our ability to provide SAG/AFTRA and Equity principal contracts to actors whom we wish to cast. We hope to coordinate with VEAP representatives to ensure that business may still go smoothly, but we may be vehemently opposed to the pool of job candidates they provide us".

Allong with private sector executives like Mucha and Cornell, many currently employed combat veterans, such as former Staff Sergeant Michael Ross, expressed their disapproval as well, claiming that since they didn't receive these benefits, no veterans should. "This is like something out of 'Starship Troopers'! These veterans DIDN'T EARN the right to get these jobs, they just aren't qualified!" Ross explains, "We already have a horrible entitlement mentality with our armed forces getting out thinking the nation owes them a thanks! We don't need to encourage that by not giving employers the right to hire whomever they want, a right which some of these people died to protect!" However proponents claim these arguments are fallacious, and that entitlement has become a social construct against Military personnel, intended to subversively demoralize them.

Republicans in congress also predict that this law will lead to an increase in military recruiting, which will help the Trump administration with its stated goal to increase the size of the US military.

The new law for veterans employment will go into effect six months after it is finally ratified in August and signed by the president. Private sector businesses Will be required to begin setting up employment accounts to synchronize with the VEAP clientele database. Private sector businesses will be required to maintain a certain percentage of their workforce as Allocated Veterans, and set up user accounts which will keep track of all registered veterans employed, and defer their wages/salaries through the VEAP payroll. VEAP will be a paid employment service for veterans which will add a small monthly service deduction to their earning statements.

Image credit: U.S. Army soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Division stand in formation during a ceremony kicking off exercise Noble Partner May 11, 2015 in Vaziani, Georgia. Noble Partner is a field training and live-fire exercise between the U.S. Army and the Georgian military.
Contributor: DOD Photo / Alamy Stock Photo

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