Bill would make job training mandatory for US troops

Full story: The York Daily Record

For the first time, U.S. troops would be required to enroll in a federal job-training program before they're allowed to leave the military under a bill introduced in the Senate on Wednesday.

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Bettie Walls

Bismarck, ND

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May 16, 2011
 
I so agree with this initative... I work at Job Service ND and my 21 year old son just returned from 4 years in the Marines with deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan. He entered the Marines at 17 with a GED and now has come out after serving 4 years. He is behind his high school friends who are graduating from college this year. He has PTSD and cannot sleep and is having a hard time adjusting to civilian life. He will not be able to start school until he gets his PTSD and depression under control. I discussed school with him and he feels that he would fail if he had to take a full slate of credits his first semester and he doesn;t feel his military duties translate over to civilian life. He learned alot in the military and matured and became a strong individual, but the horrors of war are taking their toll right now and he is having a hard time getting on with his life.I definitely feel more assistance towards preparation for work and civilian life before they leave teir base would be a plus. Thank you for listening.
Avey

Mason, TX

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May 16, 2011
 
I got out of the Army in 07 and was not givin this opportunity. I also have been having a very hard time finding work for the past 4 years. Can I resieve this training in 2011???
Bill Haggard

Arlington, TX

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May 16, 2011
 
Yes I thank it should be.
Janet Surratt

Fort Worth, TX

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May 18, 2011
 
I think that is a great idea but like Avey from Brownwood what about all these troops who was not given that opportunity. Nowadays if soldier's dont have secret clearance, we wont get hired with the government anyways. I am also having a very hard time finding a good and secured job for the past 6 months. I have served my country for 25 years and 17 of those years are active. Is this training available for me?
Gerald Kenneybrew

San Angelo, TX

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May 19, 2011
 
I wish this was available when I got out in july 2010. I served 8 and a half years as a jet engine mechanic and have not been able to secure a job. it feels like we are being thrown out once our time is done. Im glad this bill was introduced.

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