Aiding Veterans

MILITARY VETERANS are a special group. They lay their lives on the line in defense of our nation. We are indebted to their service, selflessness and dedication.

All too often, however, once their enlistment is up, their return to society is not always a seamless one. Finding gainful employment is not always easy.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown is attempting to alleviate that problem. The veteran Ohio legislator has scripted a plan to reduce unemployment among returning Ohio troops.

It is a problem that needs remedying, as Ohio’s unemployment rate for Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans is at 13.9 percent. That is nearly double the rate for the rest of the state.

Moreover, since 2002, the number of veterans who receive unemployment has dramatically risen, according the the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Our veterans are deserving of much better treatment. Brown’s plan may just do that.

Brown has unveiled the Troop Talent Act of 2013. It is designed to help veterans utilize skills they picked up in the military and translate them to civilian life.

The proposal features three critical components.

First, it would improve the translation of military skills to civilian credentials by giving service members more information during their miltary careers. The Troop Talent Act would encourage the Department of Defense to provide more information to organizations about military training and education.

Second, it would re-establish a committee devoted to the credentialing process within the Department of Veterans Affairs. Lastly, the bill would expand the current Department of Defense program for credentials. The department already has a pilot program to match up service members skills for jobs like mechanics, health care, supply and logistics, and truck drivers. The Troop Talent Act would include information technology, which is one of the fastest growing fields in the nation.

Brown’s plan may not resolve issues returning veterans face, but we believe it will help the cause.