U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy of Winter Park, Fla., introduced a bipartisan bill this week with U.S. Congressman Steve Knight, R-Calif., to incentivize employers who work with the Department of Defense to hire and retain military veterans. The Encouraging Veterans Employment Act of 2018 (H.R. 5177) authorizes the Department to give preference to businesses that employ veterans when awarding contracts. Murphy and Knight serve together on the House Armed Services Committee and Small Business Committee (SBC).
“Military servicemembers risk their lives to keep our nation safe and have earned the opportunity to succeed once they decide to transition into the civilian workforce,” said Murphy, the Ranking Member of the SBC Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce. “The men and women of our military learn valuable skills and develop unique leadership qualities that make them an asset to employers—who may be unfamiliar with the value of hiring veterans. I’m proud to partner with Congressman Knight to introduce this bipartisan bill to encourage business owners to seek out and hire veterans.”
“Our veterans offer unique skills and experiences that their civilian counterparts don’t. They often excel in team environments, leadership skills, and perseverance through adversity,” said Knight, the Chairman of the SBC Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce. “However, statistics show that veterans still disproportionately struggle with unemployment. By creating more incentives for contractors to hire veterans, we can ensure these valuable skills and insights are brought to our workforce, while also creating more avenues for our nation’s heroes to establish successful civilian careers.”
Murphy recently introduced another bipartisan bill, the BATTLE for Servicemembers Act, to help the estimated 250,000 servicemembers who leave the military each year to successfully transition to civilian life. Murphy has also worked with U.S. Congresswoman Susan Brooks, R-Ind., to introduce a bill (H.R. 3558) to improve access to critical health care services for women veterans, including mammograms, maternity care and routine gynecology visits.