Vereb and Toepel Aim to Help Local Unemployed Vets Find Work
1/30/2013
HARRISBURG – Striving to honor and protect Pennsylvania’s veterans, state Reps. Mike Vereb (R-Montgomery) and Marcy Toepel (R-Montgomery) today announced their support of legislation, as well as a local program, which both aim to put more of Pennsylvania’s veterans back to work.

“Supporting our veterans isn’t a political issue, and it’s something everyone should stand behind. I am proud that Pennsylvania has remained committed to protecting and honoring our veterans once they return home, and these programs and legislation proposals are proof of that,” said Vereb.

“Veterans gain a variety of training and education that can lead to family-sustaining jobs upon returning home. At the very least, we owe our veterans our support as they begin their transition into civilian life,” said Toepel.

In an effort to prepare local veterans with job-readiness skills, RSVP of Montgomery County offers a Veterans Hire Education program which is staffed with more than a dozen trained volunteers who work to assist veterans with all aspects of returning into the workforce.

Pat Tully, RSVP’s veterans’ program coordinator, said her staff is comprised of former hiring managers who assist veterans with simulated job interviews, resume assistance, mentoring and access to a veteran community resource directory, which lists local hiring organizations, companies and corporations that serve veterans and their families.

Vereb and Toepel also support House Bill 107, which would ensure that a veteran’s military education and training are taken into consideration for the purpose of fulfilling state requirements for obtaining a civilian job.

To honor returning veterans’ service and make their transition home easier, they said it’s necessary to ensure they are not made to jump through hoops when applying for a license or certification issued by the Commonwealth that require qualifications they have already received from serving in the military.

Measures in this legislation would prevent the duplication of training and education of veterans and get them into civilian careers faster. More specifically, House Bill 107 would require that an issuing state agency must consider whether a veteran’s military service, education, training and service experience satisfies certain or all licensing or certification requirements.

This legislation now awaits approval by the full House, and was one of the first pieces of legislation moved out of a standing House committee this session. For more legislative information, visit Vereb or Toepel’s websites at www.RepVereb.com or www.RepToepel.com.

Representative Mike Vereb
150th District
Representative Marcy Toepel
147th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Lauren Whetzel
717.260.6451
lwhetzel@pahousegop.com
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