CINCINNATI (AP) -- Ohio's Democratic U.S. senator said Thursday that more can be done to help veterans use their military service to fit into the civilian job market.
"In too many cases, we're seeing unemployed veterans not able to find work," Sen. Sherrod Brown of Cleveland. "They served us. We need to serve them."
He said people while still in the military should have more information about how to earn civilian credentials to match the specialty training they are getting as medics, mechanics, information technology specialists and in other areas. He also wants to expand efforts to match military-learned skills to civilian job careers.
Joined by two veterans and other officials at a Cincinnati job resource center, Brown said bipartisan legislation called the "Troop Talent Act" can help ease high unemployment among veterans.
Earlier, Republican Sen. Rob Portman was in his home Cincinnati area to listen to community, charity and law enforcement leaders in a roundtable discussion about employment and other support for released convicts to reduce repeat offenders. He said at the Freestore Foodbank, a pantry that offers food service job training, that helping their transition back into society 'is good for the taxpayer" because it cuts the costs of crime and corrections.
"It gets people out of that revolving door," Portman said, by making sure they have better options for supporting themselves and their families.
He is pushing for congressional reauthorization of the Second Chance Act for that purpose.