LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — Democrat Jacky Rosen stopped by the Las Vegas Readiness Center today, Feb. 20, one of the home bases for our National Guard, to take a look around and to talk about veterans getting jobs.
“So, it's important across Nevada and this nation that we do right by the people who keep us safe,” Rosen said.
Which is why the first bill she will introduce in the U.S. Senate will be the "Hire Student Veterans Act.”
It gives employers financial incentives to bring on student vets for things like paid internships, which can lead to something permanent.
That's music to the ears of guys like Ross Bryant (U.S. Army, ret.) who heads up UNLV’s Office of Veteran Services.
1,800 vets go to UNLV.
He says Rosen's bill is a win-win for both employer and veteran.
“Number one, it's supporting your education, what you're learning you get to see for real. They get to see a rock star in action, and the teamwork and the value that vets bring to a company,” says Bryant.
Rosen’s bill expands the existing Work Opportunity Tax Credit to make sure student veterans using their GI benefits can take advantage of paid internships or opportunities while in school.
It also drops the current 400-hour work requirement under the tax credit to 120 hours, which allows student veterans to work part-time.
At the Readiness Center, Rosen met with Toni Giddens, who heads up the program "Work for Warriors."
In five years, that program has helped 1,600 vets find full-time work.
Gidden says it's no secret why vets make good employees.
“I have a 21-year-old soldier that has been responsible for millions of dollars’ worth of equipment and leading hundreds of individuals beneath him safely through deployments and combat situations,” Giddens says.
Rosen says paving a path to employment is the least this country can do for those who served.
“So it’s really important that any of these people who have given service to our nation have an opportunity for success when they transition and come out of their active-duty military,” says the Senator.
Rosen’s bill will be bi-partisan. The Senator plans to announce her co-sponsor(s) next week when she returns to Washington.