Rutherford Op-ed for Improving Veteran Job Readiness Programs Honors Their Service

November 19, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Rutherford (FL-04) recently wrote an op-ed for highlighting the House’s work on improving transition assistance for servicemembers in their return to civilian life. Rutherford currently serves on the House Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee and is a former member of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee. He is also the chief sponsor of the Veterans Armed for Success Act, which passed the House earlier this year. In the op-ed, Congressman Rutherford said:

“Ultimately, we are not adequately equipping our men and women with the resources and skills needed to be successful in the next chapter of their lives.

In response, Congress has been working on ways to improve the resources available to those transitioning from fighting force to civilian workforce. We developed H.R. 5649, the Navy SEAL Chief Petty Officer William "Bill" Mulder (Ret.) Transition Improvement Act, which would bring the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) into the modern age. This landmark legislation, which passed the House and is supported by the American Legion, Paralyzed Veterans of America and Student Veterans of America, helps veterans translate their unique military training and experience to successful civilian careers in high-demand fields.

This bill also includes a provision I introduced known as the Veterans Armed for Success Act, which provides grant funding for local non-profit organizations to implement job skills training programs. I have seen the huge impact programs like these have made in my own community in Jacksonville. When communities get involved and help veterans find stable, long-term employment, we see better outcomes for all.

Congress has the responsibility to fight for those who fought for us. We made a promise to provide for our veterans in return for their selfless service, and this includes providing our veterans the tools needed to thrive after their military service ends.”

The full op-ed is available here.