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Kahele, Miller-Meeks Strengthen Veterans Program through Bipartisan Legislation

May 18, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the House of Representatives advanced an amended bipartisan VET TEC Enhancement Act, legislation introduced by Congressman Kaialiʻi Kahele (HI-02) and Congresswoman Mariannette Miller-Meeks (IA-02) which would increase the authorization for the high technology pilot program of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA).

“I am proud that the House advanced bipartisan legislation I co-led with my colleague and fellow veteran, Congresswoman Mariannette Miller-Meeks, to give more of our veterans access to the tools they need to gain meaningful employment in today’s twenty-first century workforce,” said Congressman Kahele. “Our bill increases funding for the highly successful Veteran Employment Through Technical Education Courses program, and was incorporated into meaningful legislation that expands and strengthens opportunities for veterans to serve in the high-technology industry after their military service. Our servicemembers have sacrificed so much to protect this nation. We owe them our thanks, our respect and our support as they transition back into civilian life once their battle is over.”

During a recent House Veterans’ Affairs Committee markup, the VET TEC Enhancement Act was added as an amendment to Rep. Ruben Gallego’s (AZ-07)Native VetSuccess at Tribal Colleges and Universities Pilot Program Act. This bipartisan bill would expand the current VetSuccess on Campus (VSOC) program to Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs).

“I am excited to see the bipartisan VET TEC Enhancement Act pass the House today. I have spoken to veterans’ groups in my district and across the country, and there is overwhelming support for this commonsense program,” said Miller-Meeks. “Training programs like VET TEC are excellent avenues to assist veterans reentering the workforce. I am appreciative of Rep. Kahele’s partnership on this important issue and look forward to working with him in the future.”

The Veteran Employment Through Technical Education Courses (VET TEC) is a five-year pilot program that allows eligible veterans to use G.I. Bill-style benefits to attend innovative job training programs to prepare them for future employment in the technology industry. This bill to support veterans would increase current authorization for the VET TEC program from $45 million to $90 million per year to allow the VA to enroll more veterans in this popular program. This program ensures that our veterans have the tools they need to gain meaningful employment.

Read the full release on the VET TEC Enhancement Act here. Watch Congressman Kahele speak on the House floor on the VET TEC Enhancement Act by clicking here or the image below.