H.R. 1941 (112th): Hiring Heroes Act of 2011

May 23, 2011 (112th Congress, 2011–2013)
Died (Referred to Committee)
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S. 951 (same title)
Reported by Committee — Jun 29, 2011

Sanford Bishop Jr.
Representative for Georgia's 2nd congressional district
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Last Updated
May 23, 2011
22 pages
Related Bills
S. 951 (identical)

Reported by Committee
Last Action: Jun 29, 2011

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Capital Expansion Act

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Feb 24, 2012


This bill was introduced on May 23, 2011, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

Introduced May 23, 2011
Referred to Committee May 23, 2011
Full Title

To improve the provision of Federal transition, rehabilitation, vocational, and unemployment benefits to members of the Armed Forces and veterans, and for other purposes.


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70 cosponsors (61D, 9R) (show)

House Armed Services

Military Personnel

House Oversight and Government Reform

Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service, and the Census

House Veterans' Affairs

Economic Opportunity

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Hiring Heroes Act of 2011- Amends the Wounded Warriors Act to extend until January 1, 2015, the authority of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide the same rehabilitation and vocational benefits to members of the Armed Forces with severe injuries or illnesses as are provided to veterans.
Expands the authority of the VA Secretary to make payments to employers to provide on-job training to veterans to include veterans who have not been rehabilitated to the point of employability.
Entitles certain veterans with service-connected disabilities who have exhausted their rights to unemployment benefits to participation in an additional VA rehabilitation program. Limits the duration of such a program to 24 months. Makes the 12-year period of eligibility for a VA rehabilitation program inapplicable under such an additional program.
Instructs the VA Secretary to follow-up on the employment status of veterans who participate in a VA rehabilitation program.
Requires (current law encourages) participation by eligible members in the Transitional Assistance Program (TAP) of the Department of Defense (DOD). Requires (under current law, authorizes) the provision of preseparation counseling to members whose discharge or release is anticipated.
Instructs the Secretary of Labor to follow-up on the employment status of members who complete their participation in the TAP.
Directs the VA Secretary to award grants to up to three nonprofit organizations under a collaborative veterans' training, mentoring, and placement program for eligible veterans seeking employment.
Requires participants in the TAP to receive individualized assessments of civilian positions for which they may be qualified based on a joint DOD, VA, and Department of Labor study of the equivalencies between military skills and civilian employment requirements.
Authorizes the appointment of an honorably discharged member of the uniformed services to a position in the civil service, without regard to specified civil service examination, certification, and appointment provisions, if otherwise qualified.
Requires executive agencies to establish programs to provide employment assistance to members who are being separated from active duty.
Directs the Secretary of Labor to carry out an outreach program to provide employment assistance to certain veterans who have been receiving assistance under the Unemployment Compensation for Ex-servicemembers program.
Authorizes a pilot program to assess the feasibility of providing work experience to certain members of the Armed Forces who are on terminal leave.
Requires (under current law, authorizes) a VA demonstration project on the credentialing and licensing of veterans.

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