By unanimous vote, the first bill passed in 2015, the “Hire More Heroes Act of 2015” (H.R. 22), would facilitate the hiring of veterans by businesses eyeing the costs of healthcare coverage.
“I am honored to have been part of this historic piece of veteran legislation,” said Bradley Levite, an Army Reserve major and ROA member. Levite, was singled out by the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Rodney Davis (IL-13), as the first to bring this issue to the Representative which resulted in it being introduced as H.R. 22.
Businesses that employ 50 or more full-time employees must offer healthcare; the act exempts veterans from that headcount, making it easier for businesses to hire vets.
The bill applies to businesses hiring any veteran or service member who is covered by TRICARE or the Department of Veterans Affairs.
“Despite receiving some of the best training in the world, post-9/11 veterans are consistently faced with higher unemployment rates than that of other veterans,” said Davis, when he presented the bill to the House. “So as more and more of our veterans return home, the Hire More Heroes Act will give those who have sacrificed and served our country a leg up in a very competitive job market.”
Davis recognized Levite’s efforts before the full House, which then became part of the Congressional Record. After the vote, the Senate took action on the issue.
“I hope we can get to it quickly,” said a determined Sen. Roy Blunt (MO).
On January 6, Senator Blunt sponsored a companion bill. Last year both Davis and Blunt tried to get the bill passed but it was held up in the Senate. The Senate Finance Committee voted unanimously on H.R. 22 on January 28, 2015, and it will now go before the Senate for a full vote.
“Veterans who have served since 9/11 at one time last year had an unemployment rate right at the 9 percent number.” Blunt said. “Any number is unacceptable. We need to take those veterans’ skills and put them to work.”
To support this bill, ask your Senator to vote for H.R. 22.