(April 11) – Rep. Pete Lee’s bill to continue a successful program to connect Colorado veterans to good jobs passed the House Education Committee unanimously today.

HB18-1343, sponsored by Rep. Lee, D-Colorado Springs, with Rep. Terri Carver, R-Colorado Springs, continues the Colorado Veterans’ Service to Career pilot program begun in 2016. The pilot program provides job training, internships and apprenticeships to veterans in the Denver, Colorado Springs and Fort Collins metro areas. The bill expands eligibility to include veterans within six months of being discharged from service, and it requires the program to focus on veterans with identified barriers to employment, such as homelessness.

“Unemployment among veterans is still running 20 percent higher than among workers without military backgrounds,” Rep. Lee said. “We owe it to our veterans to make their transition to civilian life as smooth as possible. The Service to Career program has surpassed its goals for placement of veterans in jobs and job training, and it should be continued.”

The Education Committee’s 12-0 vote sends the bill to the Appropriations Committee.

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