A bill was introduced to the Senate on Thursday aiming to curb veteran unemployment.

U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., introduced the Careers for Veterans Act, and U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, was among the co-sponsors.

If passed, the bill would make licenses and credentials in a veteran’s chosen field more accessible, without adding to the national deficit, according to a release from Burr’s office.

“This bill takes a significant step toward assisting unemployed veterans by cutting out the mess of red-tape that currently greets members of our military as they transition from military to civilian life,” Cornyn said.

The bill would require the director of Office of Personnel Management to coordinate with federal agencies and departments to hire 10,000 veterans to fill existing vacancies, utilizing the Veterans Recruitment Appointment authority over the next five years.

It also would direct states to administer examinations to veterans seeking a license or credential without requiring training or apprenticeship if they receive a satisfactory score and have at least 10 years of experience in a military job with similar skills.

For veteran-owned small businesses, it would make it easier to qualify for contracts with Veterans Affairs, and for surviving spouses to maintain small businesses.

Contact Rose L. Thayer at rthayer@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7463. Follow her on Twitter at KDHmilitary.

Rose L. Thayer is the military editor for the Killeen Daily Herald. She joined the paper in February 2011 as a health and military reporter. View her complete profile Here.

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