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Jan 10, 2013 9:58 PM by Marnee Banks - MTN News

Baucus announces bill to put veterans back to work

U.S. Senator Max Baucus (D - MT) announced a new policy initiative aimed at putting veterans back to work.

Baucus addressed both Houses of the Montana Legislature on Thursday afternoon, saying 1,000 Montana veterans are out of work.

"These men and women are getting the best training in the world. And their work ethic is second to none," Baucus said. "We need to do our part to help them bring those same skills into their lives back home."

His bill would help veterans transfer the skills they learn in the military to the civilian world.

"If you are certified to operate as a mechanic in Kabul, you ought to be certified in Billings, without having to jump through any more hoops," Baucus said. "These guys get trained so well in the service, they should not have to go through it again."

Baucus says his bill would apply to positions like: mechanics, truck drivers, EMTs, firefighters, police, and air traffic controllers.

Baucus says his bill will also require the six government agencies which track veterans unemployment to set measurable goals and file an annual report on their success. He says the veterans unemployment rate is too high for having multiple agencies working on the issue.

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