Credit for Military Work

Reprinted from PN October 2012

Veterans Skills Jobs Act will help veterans compete for jobs.

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Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) foresees new opportunities for veterans with disabilities with the passage of the Veterans Skills Jobs Act.

Signed into law by President Obama earlier this year, the act will help vets compete for jobs sooner after discharge. Veterans who would otherwise have had to complete additional training to meet credentialing prerequisites can now attain accreditation.

“This law levels the playing field for veterans who, instead of going to college or attaining certifications after high school, joined the military,” says U.S. Marine Corps veteran Sherman Gillums, associate executive director of veterans benefits for PVA. “For example, the service of an avionics technician who attained ‘certification’ on an airfield in Iraq will now have the same merit as the experience of electronics mechanics working for a major airline.”

Specifically, the act streamlines the federal certification process to make it easier for veterans to use skills developed in the military for jobs after discharge.

While states bear responsibility for licensure and certification across most occupations, federal occupational licenses are granted in a number of industries, such as aviation, maritime and telecommunications.

The new law requires the head of each federal licensing authority to consider whether training received by a veteran who is applying for a license satisfies the requirements for such license.

Since its inception in 2007, PVA’s Operation PAVE (Paving Access for Veterans Employment) has had great success. The program has served more than 1,550 veterans and has placed
more than 130 hard-to-place clients at an average salary of $49,000.

PAVE currently serves all 50 states and Puerto Rico through an emerging network of counselors located with VA spinal-cord injury centers.

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