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Monster 5 for Friday: Veterans Employment Edition

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Monster released its comprehensive May 2012 Veterans Talent Index report this week, and this week’s 5 for Friday rounds up the five top stories on veterans employment issues.

5.  Veterans Can Find Work in “Green” Industries Through Public-Private Partnership. MLive.com: “Given the need to improve employment for returning veterans and the need for workers in a vital and “green” industry, the partnership between EPA and DVA seems inevitable.”

4. Bill Would Toughen Penalties Against Employers Discriminating Against Veterans. Philly.com: U.S. Sen. Bob Casey (D., Pa.) has introduced legislation designed to toughen penalties against employers who discriminate against veterans when they return from their tours of duty. “These are brave men and women who should not have to worry about their jobs when they are defending our country,” Casey said Wednesday. “The least we can do is make sure when they get home they are not discriminated against.”

3. Veterans Won’t Know of Retraining Option, Lawmakers Say. Bloomberg Businessweek: “The Veteran Retraining Assistance Program, part of a veterans jobs package passed by Congress last year, will offer as much as 12 months of benefits, at about $1,473 a month, to unemployed veterans 35 to 60 years of age who need retraining for civilian jobs.”

2. Unemployed Veterans Skilled in Doing Jobs, Not in Finding Them. Christian Science Monitor: “There’s misunderstanding on both sides of the aisle,” says Jason Hansman, membership director for the nonprofit Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. “When less than one percent of the population has served, it’s hard for the other 99 percent to relate to their experience and then be like: ‘Yes, this person can help my bottom line.’ ”

1. Obama to Push Veterans Jobs Initiative. Politico: “According to the administration, Obama’s new initiative will give up to 126,000 service members a shot at employment in the manufacturing sector, by helping them get credentials and certification for various manufacturing positions that are in demand across industries.”

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