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July 19, 2011

Additionally, the bill would enhance the TAP program by providing each veteran with a personal assessment of their employment opportunities based on their service experience. After training, federal agencies would also be required to follow up with veterans on their job search – within six months of the training program and every three months after leaving service for the first year. This information would be used to improve the effectiveness of the TAP program and increase the quality of job training available to exiting service members.

To boost the number of jobs for returning service members, the bill would change federal hiring practices that allow soldiers to begin the federal employment process before they leave the military and encourage hiring of more service members. The bill would also create a competitive grant program for non-profits that provide mentorship and job training programs in an effort to boost job placements with private-sector companies.

And to make the transition easier for service members who already have technical skill sets, such as driving a military ambulance, agencies would also have to identify ways to eliminate barriers in moving from military employment into civilian jobs.

According to the Department of Labor, more than 20 percent of young veterans nationwide between the ages of 18 and 24 were unemployed in 2010.