Making The Transition Back Home Easier For Veterans
By Rep. Marlene Anielski (R-Independence)
 
 

Ohio has the sixth-largest veteran population in the United States. Upon returning home from serving their country, these men and women are looking for work, which can sometimes present a big challenge.


Despite having education and talents that are applicable to the marketplace and that would benefit our state’s economy, veterans sometimes have difficulty finding jobs because of their lack of official occupational licenses. I believe Ohio needs to do a better job of recognizing the skills that veterans have acquired during their years in the military, thereby making it easier for these qualified individuals to return to work.


That is why I was proud to support House Bill 98, legislation that assists veterans find employment upon returning home. The bill, which recently passed the Ohio House, achieves two important objectives.


First, it allows state licensing agencies to consider a veteran’s skillset at the time they apply for a license. This is important because it accounts for the training and experience that service members received during their time in the armed forces. Oftentimes, those skills can directly translate into a job here in Ohio, and it would be detrimental to our veterans and to the state to place barriers in their way.


Second, the bill grants special extensions to members of the Reserve and National Guard, whose license expired during the time they were mobilized. Sometimes, individuals are licensed in a specific field prior to joining the military, but their license expires while they are mobilized. It is not fair to essentially punish someone for not maintaining their occupational license while they were serving their country.


I view this bill as being about more than just making it easier for veterans to “find work.” It strives to assist them find positions where their specific knowledge and expertise can be fully utilized.


Another challenge that veterans face, which I have addressed before, is that they do not always know of the benefits they have earned. I encourage all of Ohio’s veterans to contact their local county veteran service offices to learn of this vital information. Information is also available at http://veteransbonus.ohio.gov, as well as www.OhioVet.org, or by calling 877-OHIO-VET.


I am proud to live in a state that is filled with so many brave men and women who put their lives on the line to protect our country. House Bill 98 and the veteran service offices provide meaningful, as well as practical, ways to thank them for their service.

 
 
 
  
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