Veterans of war deserve a good life after returning home from fighting for our freedom. Unfortunately, many veterans in Oklahoma City are facing unemployment when they come home because their varied military training isn’t always in line with the university education programs. In 2011 alone, about 9,000 veterans were listed as unemployed.
To address this issue, Governor Mary Fallin signed a bill into law that will provide assistance to veterans seeking employment within the state. The bill aims to provide an easier transition for veterans from their military life to civilian life by creating the opportunity for them to demonstrate their skills to potential employers.
The bill was authored by Rep. Chuck Hoskin, D-Vinita and Sen. Sean Burrage, D-Claremore, and House Democratic Leader Scott Inman, D-Del City. The bill allows for veterans to have the chance to demonstrate their transferable skills when applying for a job in order to augment their qualifications. A transferrable skill is where the military education of a veteran can significantly relate, directly or indirectly, to the civil service position that he or she is applying for.
Veterans who apply for a job will have a special qualification requirement to complete upon application. The employer will evaluate whether the current military experience of the veteran can be transferable to the job and be useful to the position for which he or she is applying. It does not guarantee employment, but it helps employers to determine if the veteran is qualified for the job and if he or she should be considered further.