Donnelly Sponsors Veteran Job Preference Bill
July 19, 2013 — Senator Joe Donnelly says new legislation he’s sponsoring will help National Guard members who haven’t served oversees get a boost when applying for federal jobs. Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports:
National Guard members who haven’t served overseas currently receive no preference when applying for federal jobs. A bipartisan bill co-sponsored by Democratic Senator Joe Donnelly would create a new tiered system for federal hiring. Donnelly says he wants to help the thousands of veterans who aren’t recognized by the current preference system:
“Approximately 159 thousand National Guard soldiers – or 44 percent of the total force – have not deployed. And 73 thousand Air National Guard airmen – 70 percent – have not deployed, meaning gone overseas and served overseas.”
Donnelly’s bill creates a points system – the longer a National Guard member has served, the more points they get towards preferred hiring for federal jobs such as TSA agents or border guards. Only Guard members who have served at least 20 years receive the same high preference level as veterans who were deployed overseas. For Indiana Public Broadcasting, I’m Brandon Smith.