Veterans may get a small victory if the Senate approves six bills intended to help them get small business loans, acquire government-paid jobs and other assistance related help.
Unanimously, the House has passed the six bills. One bill would provide veterans with official identification cards given through the Va. Another bill would entail a life-long file be kept on employees records showing reprimands received and admonishments.
According to Stars and Stripes, “Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., said the bill on ID cards responds to veterans who have expressed frustration over their inability to document their service without carrying around official military records.”
Having to carry around documents to prove their veteran status can be dangerous. Many of the documents contain sensitive material that include service details, Social Security numbers, and a litany of other personal information that could leave them open to identity theft.
Also under consideration is allowing Veterans to utilize their education benefits as collateral to acquire small business loans.
“If we could do this,” say’s C. Lynn Lowder, a retired Force Reconnaissance Marine, “it would change the landscape for our veterans.”
An advocate for veteran Jobs, Lowder stated, “They’re [veterans] focused, motivated and loyal to a fault. They’re trying to get their feet on the ground…The problem for the young veterans with a business dream, in most cases, is that there’s no way to get a lone.”
These new bills passed by the house and waiting for approval by the Senate may not fix the landslide of issues going on with our veterans or the VA system but they certainly are a step in the right direction.
by Lorra B.