U.S. SENATE — U.S. Senator Martha McSally from Arizona today introduced legislation to help returning military veterans prepare for new career opportunities through pre-apprenticeship programs.
The Veterans’ Entry to Apprenticeship Act allows military veterans to use their Post 9-11 GI Bill benefits for enrollment into pre-apprenticeship programs that equip them with skills needed to enter the skilled-trade industry.
“Military veterans have a unique set of attributes that make them great assets to our workforce, but it is important that they can use their earned GI Bill benefits to gain the training and skills they need,” McSally said.
“Each year, about 200,000 members of our Armed Forces will reenter the workforce or pursue higher education. This bill opens doors so that more of those veterans can enter the skilled-trade industry, which provides good-paying jobs with unlimited career opportunities.”
Currently, GI Bill benefits do not cover the cost of the Department of Labor approved pre-apprenticeship programs, which are required for entry into some apprenticeship programs.
Companion legislation was introduced in the U.S House of Representatives by Congressman Ted Budd from North Carolina.
McSally introduced this legislation in both 114th and 115th Congress as a member of the House.
On November 8, McSally cleared a path for more employers to participate in the Department of Defense’s (DoD) SkillBridge program.
On November 5, McSally introduced bipartisan legislation to expand access to veteran treatment courts.