For the fourth time this year, ROA was invited to testify before House Veterans Affairs, this time before the subcommittee on economic opportunity that is chaired by Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D-S.D.). Two panels at the hearings included administration officials from the Department of Labor, the Congressional Research Service, and the Department of Veterans Affairs. The third panel included six associations - ROA, the American Legion, VFW, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, Paralyzed Veterans of America, and the National Guard Association of the United States.
ROA’s legislative director, CAPT Marshall Hanson, overran his five minutes limit by seven seconds. He highlighted that ROA’s law center has received 2000 requests for information on legal issues during its first 10 months. He emphasized the reemployment challenge of serving Guard and Reserve members who return from deployment. ROA was the only association to bring up the need to improve the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERA). CAPT Hanson’s oral testimony included the need to include technical and apprentice programs in the new GI Bill, and that veterans need assistance in converting their military skills and experience into a civilian resume.