Veteran Employment Bill Heads to Governor

State Rep. Jim Baird’s (R-Greencastle) bill requiring the Department of Workforce Development to prioritize job and training placement for  veterans and their spouses could soon be law. This bill allows veterans and their spouses to receive preference for placement in any federal or state employment and training program offered by the Department of Workforce Development. This state department creates and administers programs on behalf of Indiana’s workforce while also overseeing unemployment claims. Baird said individuals in the National Guard and their spouses currently receive this prioritization. This legislation expands the law to anyone who served on active duty in any branch of the U.S. armed forces, the National Guard or in the Indiana National Guard. A recent study by the Defense Manpower Data Center reported there have been over 11,000 individuals honorably discharged who reside in Indiana since 2012. If signed into law, government agencies receiving employment applications from veterans or their spouses would confirm individuals meet the eligibility requirements for the program. Senate Enrolled Act 307 will now head to the governor to be considered as a new law.

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