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Josh Gottheimer effort to help younger veterans adopted
For the first time since Rep. Josh Gottheimer took office in January, the House agreed on Friday to add language he wrote to a bill, which later passed unanimously.NorthJersey.com: Gottheimer Effort To Help Younger Veterans Adopted
For the first time since Rep. Josh Gottheimer took office in January, the House agreed on Friday to add language he wrote to a bill, which later passed unanimously.
Gottheimer, D-Wyckoff, appeared on the House floor to offer an amendment to a bill designed to streamline hiring practices at the Department of Veterans Affairs. The amendment, which would add younger veterans to a group who would get special consideration for posts, was adopted in a voice vote.
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Gottheimer said young veterans – defined in the amendment as recipients of the post-9/11 GI Bill and those under 30 who have recently graduated from college – face significant challenges when they return home, even though many of them have a desire to help serve other veterans.
"We can do more to improve the process and give a leg up to all veterans who wish to bring their skills to the VA," he said.