Senate Passes Major Veterans Legislation

On November 10, 2011, the Senate passed the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 (H.R. 674).  The bill already passed the House on October 12, 2011.

Some provisions of the bill (from the House Committee on Veterans Affairs):

  • Expands education and training opportunities for older veterans by providing nearly 100,000 unemployed veterans of past eras and wars with up to 1-year of additional Montgomery GI benefits to go towards education or training programs at community colleges or technical schools for high-demand jobs.
  • Provides disabled veterans up to 1-year of additional Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Benefits.
  • Provides a tax credit of up to $5,600 for hiring veterans who have been looking for a job for more than six months, as well as a $2,400 credit for veterans who are unemployed for more than 4 weeks, but less than 6 months.