New bill looks to improve veterans’ transition into the IT sector

By VAR_Staffing
In Channel
May 24, 2013

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With Memorial Day just around the corner, it is the time of the year when many of us come together to enjoy family, friends and barbeque. However, it is also the time of year when we are supposed to take a minute to remember the veterans who have made the ultimate sacrifice for this country and ask how we can help those who are lucky enough to return. A new piece of legislation is not only looking to ease the veterans' transition back to society, but also close the IT skills gap at the same time.

Recently introduced by several Congressmen, including Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill. Tim Kaine, D-Va​. and Gus Bilriakis, R-Fla, the "Troop Talent Act of 2013" is designed to do meet three goals, which CompTIA summarized.

  • Improve the translation of military skill sets to the civilian workforce and help veterans obtain certifications and licenses that match their military occupational specialty
  • Reestablish a committee at the Department of Veteran Affairs that monitors the quality and validity of the credential process
  • Expand the Department of Defense pilot program on IT credentialing

"One of the challenges our service members face is how to match their professional military skills and technical training with civilian jobs," said Congressman Bilriakis on his blog. "As our veterans make the transition from the battlefield to civilian life, we must continue to make them a top priority and ensuring they are able to compete in today's technologically evolving economy is paramount."

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