Knight introduces Encouraging Veteran Employment Act

Constituents raise red paper in disagreement as congressman Steve Knight answers questions during a town hall at the Rancho Santa Susana Community Center in Simi Valley on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. Katharine Lotze/The Signal

Congressman Steve Knight, R-Palmdale, introduced The Encouraging Veteran Employment Act of 2018 to congress Tuesday.

The Act would authorize the Department of Defense to give the same preferential treatment to businesses that employ veterans as a large percentage of their workforce, as they do to women-owned and veteran-owned businesses.

Under current law, the DOD is authorized to give preferential selection to women-owned and veteran-owned businesses for DOD contracts.

“This idea sprang from a visit to LIMS Studio in Castaic,” said Rep. Knight “Jimmy Lifton and his team run an outstanding program that trains transitioning service members in movie production skills to prepare them for successful civilian careers after their time in the military. On top of their stellar job placement rate, many of their staff are veterans themselves.”

The Encouraging Veteran Employment act is co-led by Representative Stephanie Murphy, D-Florida.

“Military servicemembers risk their lives to keep our nation safe and have earned the opportunity to succeed once they decide to leave the armed forces and enter the civilian workforce,” said Rep. Murphy “The men and women of our military learn valuable skills and develop unique leadership qualities that make them an asset to employers. I’m proud to partner with Congressman Knight to introduce bipartisan legislation to support those employers who make the effort to hire and retain our nation’s veterans.”

The above information was obtained by The Signal via a news release provided by Steve Knight’s office.

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