State of Oklahoma
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 30, 2012
Rep. Chuck Hoskin
State Capitol Building Rm. 509
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
Contact: Eric Russell
Jobs Bill for Oklahoma Veterans Signed by Governor
OKLAHOMA CITY- Friday, Governor Fallin signed a bill that will assist veterans seeking employment after serving in the armed forces.
The bill, authored by Rep. Chuck Hoskin, D-Vinita, Sen. Sean Burrage, D-Claremore, and co-authored by House Democratic Leader Scott Inman, D-Del City, would ease the transition from service to civilian life for more than 329,000 veterans who call Oklahoma home.
“It is often the case that soldiers cannot easily explain their training and skills in civilian speak, because the methodology of military training doesn’t always perfectly align with a university degree or trade school program,” said Rep. Hoskin. “This bill addresses that problem by offering veterans the opportunity to demonstrate transferable skills.”
When an interview is a component of the selection process, the bill requires that public employers must interview each veteran who meets the minimal and special qualifications for the position. The interview allows the employer to determine whether a veteran’s military education, training, or experience produced a transferable skill that would qualify them as a top candidate for the position.
“Transferable skill” means a skill that a veteran has obtained through military education or experience that substantially relates, directly or indirectly, to the civil service position for which the veteran is applying. For example, an Army infantryman receives training in the use, maintenance and storage of weapons, skills which are transferable to positions in corrections or law enforcement.
“In 2011, Oklahoma had approximately 9,000 unemployed veterans; hopefully that number will decline as a result of this bill,” said Rep. Hoskin. “I am grateful for the service that these men and women have provided to our great country, and the goal of this legislation is to give back to them as they return home by making their job prospects brighter.”