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Opening Statement of Honorable Bruce L. Braley, Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity

I’d like to take this time to congratulate you on your re-election and as well as the rest of our Subcommittee colleagues.  Hopefully, now that the elections are behind us we can move forward with addressing the challenges facing this nation.

Today we have the opportunity to conduct a hearing to review two important veterans employment programs, the Veterans Re-training Assistance Program, passed under the VOW to Hire Heroes Act (Public Law 112-56), and the Jobs for Veterans State Grants program.  These two critical programs are dedicated solely to the employment, re-employment, and training of veterans.

The Jobs for Veterans State Grants program is a non-competitive grant program offered by the Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service office to support the Disabled Veterans' Outreach Program Specialists (DVOP) and Local Veterans' Employment Representatives (LVER).  The purpose of this grant is to help veterans find employment or obtain training services when necessary. 

The VOW Act made some significant changes to the Jobs for Veterans State Grants program, among them, it clarified the priority of service for veterans in job training programs, required final exams for DVOPs and LVER’s at the end of their training and modified the role DVOP and LVER staff.  I think it’s only appropriate, since it’s been nearly a year since the enactment of this act, that we are updated on the status of VRAP and the Jobs for Veterans State Grants program following the new policy.