Costello bill would give states more flexibility to meet the job training needs of veterans

Legislation introduced by U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello (R-PA) on Wednesday would give states more flexibility to use existing grants to provide employment and training assistance to veterans.

The State Outreach for Local Veterans Employment (SOLVE) Act, H.R. 5190, would give states more flexibility to use existing Department of Labor (DOL) grants administered through the Veterans Employment and Training Services (VETS) program to meet the unique needs of veterans.

“The SOLVE Act is commonsense legislation that will allow states to better assist veterans in finding sustainable employment,” Costello said. “Through state flexibility, the legislation will result in Pennsylvania veterans getting the assistance they need to find a good job. After giving so much for our country, we must do everything we can to empower our veterans looking for employment.”

Currently, states that seek additional flexibility to deliver employment and training assistance to veterans, as well as opportunities to coordinate and consolidate existing veteran support programs, risk having DOL reject their plan in full, resulting in lost funding.

U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA), who introduced a Senate version of the bill, S. 2919, said that Congress must take steps to help veterans find good jobs.

“The courageous men and women who serve in our armed forces deserve to return home to a steady job, a paycheck, and a promising future,” Toomey said. “Employers across the nation need workers with the technical and leadership skills that come from military service. Let’s allow folks in the states and on the ground, rather than bureaucrats in Washington, use their best judgment about how to help veterans connect with employers.”  

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