Veteran employment bill heads to governor

Posted by: Emily Gaylord  | Wednesday, April 19, 2017

STATEHOUSE (April 19, 2017) — State Rep. Jim Baird’s (R-Greencastle) bill requiring the Department of Workforce Development to prioritize job and training placement for  veterans and their spouses could soon be law.

“Indiana already has the nation’s lowest unemployment rate for veterans, and this is another effort to ensure those who served our country have employment opportunities when they come home,” Baird said.

This bill allows veterans and their spouses to receive preference for placement in any federal or state employment and training program offered by the Department of Workforce Development. This state department creates and administers programs on behalf of Indiana’s workforce while also overseeing unemployment claims.

Baird said individuals in the National Guard and their spouses currently receive this prioritization. This legislation expands the law to anyone who served on active duty in any branch of the U.S. armed forces, the National Guard or in the Indiana National Guard.

A recent study by the Defense Manpower Data Center reported there have been over 11,000 individuals honorably discharged who reside in Indiana since 2012.

“Our state is home to many veterans and this bill helps them to bring their unique skill set and perspective to different employment opportunities in Indiana,” Baird said.

If signed into law, government agencies receiving employment applications from veterans or their spouses would confirm individuals meet the eligibility requirements for the program.

Senate Enrolled Act 307 will now head to the governor to be considered as a new law.

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State Rep. Jim Baird represents House District 44, which includes all of Putnam County and portions of Clay, Morgan, Owen and Parke counties.

A high resolution photo of Baird can be found here.