Helping Veterans Land Jobs
The Post 9/11 GI Bill is the largest investment in veterans' education since World War II. It covers the full cost of an undergraduate education at any public university or college in the country for our nation's newest generation of veterans. It provides substantial funding for education at many private colleges, as well.
"I am extremely proud of the Post 9/11 GI Bill and what it can do for veterans and their families," Bernie said. "Colleges and universities are seeing a big boost in the number of veterans seeking degrees. Trade and technical schools are seeing a new influx of veterans, as well."
The Post-9/11 GI Bill also offers some service members the opportunity to transfer educational benefits to spouses or children. Along with Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland, Bernie was one of the first two cosponsors of this path-breaking legislation. The measure was introduced by Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia. Bernie strongly supported it in the Veterans Committee and voted for it when it reached the floor of the Senate.
Bernie is working to find ways to help returning veterans find decent-paying jobs. A survey sent to roughly 1,500 deployed Vermont soldiers in 2010 revealed that upwards of 30 percent feared they would be jobless upon their return to Vermont. They also expressed concern about converting military experience to jobs in the civilian work force, said Lt. Col. Marc Goudreau, the head of the Vermont National Guard's Veterans Outreach Program. Bernie supported legislation that would increase job opportunities for veterans.