A bill introduced by U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) to bolster employment for veterans passed the U.S. Senate.

A bill introduced by U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) to bolster employment for veterans passed the U.S. Senate.

The Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing (HIRE) American Military Veterans Act will now go before the House. The measure, which passed the Senate on March 21, establishes a tiered recognition program within the Department of Labor to award employers based on their contributions to veteran employment.

“Our military men and women have the skills and experience that are an asset to employers in every sector of our economy,” Blunt said. “I’ve been encouraged to see many employers in Missouri and across the nation step up their veterans hiring programs. This bill recognizes those efforts, and will help connect more veterans with businesses that offer benefits and opportunities to help them succeed.”

Each year, nearly 200,000 service members transition from active duty to civilian life. The HIRE Vets Act would recognize qualified employers for meeting certain criteria designed to encourage veteran-friendly businesses. The recognition would come in the form of a Medallion Certificate, awarded at the platinum and gold levels.

“Transitioning to the civilian job market is one of the most daunting challenges our service men and women face,” Blunt said. “The HIRE Vets Act will provide information they need to guide their job search and ease that transition. It’s a simple, bipartisan step we can take to help keep our promises to those who have served.”

Blunt and U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (W. Va.) introduced the HIRE Vets Act last month. The Senate-passed version of the bill will now go back to the House for a final vote, which would then send the bill to the president’s desk.