The recently filed Encouraging Veterans Employment Act of 2018 (H.R. 5177), which incentivizes companies who receive contract work from the Department of Defense to employ, and in many cases, retain military veterans, should pass in the U.S. House of Representatives.
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The bipartisan bill was introduced by California Republican Congressman Steve Knight and Democratic Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy of Florida, who both sit on the House Armed Services Committee and Small Business Committee.
Rep. Stephanie Murphy’s office sent out a press release announced the filing of the pro-veterans bill:
“Military servicemembers risk their lives to keep our nation safe and have earned the opportunity to succeed once they decide to transition into the civilian workforce,” said Murphy, the Ranking Member of the SBC Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce. “The men and women of our military learn valuable skills and develop unique leadership qualities that make them an asset to employers—who may be unfamiliar with the value of hiring veterans. I’m proud to partner with Congressman Knight to introduce this bipartisan bill to encourage business owners to seek out and hire veterans.”
“Our veterans offer unique skills and experiences that their civilian counterparts don’t. They often excel in team environments, leadership skills, and perseverance through adversity,” said Knight, the Chairman of the SBC Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce. “However, statistics show that veterans still disproportionately struggle with unemployment. By creating more incentives for contractors to hire veterans, we can ensure these valuable skills and insights are