Pa. Senate considers proposals to help veterans seeking work

Written by David Payne/WITF's Radio Pennsylvania | Nov 29, 2015 5:40 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- A proposal designed to benefit veterans seeking employment in Pennsylvania is on its way to the full state Senate.

The measure, approved by the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, would allow private sector businesses to set up their own veterans preference hiring programs.

"I would note that 27 states have adopted similar laws to the benefit of their veterans' population," said committee Chairman Senator Randy Vulakovich, a Republican who represents a portion of Allegheny County.

He notes veterans, especially those with disabilities, have a higher rate of unemployment compared to those who have not served.

Another bill approved by panel the would increase the pay for Pennsylvania National Guard members called up for active duty by the governor, from $75 to $100 dollars.

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