April 3, 2018

Contact: Senator Robert Cowles: (608) 266-0484

Bill to Hire Heroes Signed into Law

MADISON– Senator Robert Cowles (R-Green Bay) released the following statement after 2017 Assembly Bill 422, authored by Senator Cowles and Representatives Horlacher (R-Mukwonago) and Riemer (D-Milwaukee), was signed into law:

“For veterans, too often one of the hardest parts of transitioning from military service to civilian life is finding gainful employment. While their sacrifice is often appreciated by employers, their relevant work experience in comparison to other applicants may be lacking. Wisconsin has a long tradition of serving those who have served their country, but gaps in the current transitional jobs program meant that some veterans were left behind. The Hire Heroes program is meant to close those gaps and make the path to employment simpler for all veterans. By giving veterans a chance to get their foot in the door with a potential employer, we can ensure that employers see the value that veterans bring to a workplace.”

Under current law, veterans with children or between the ages of 18 to 24 may be eligible for the Department of Children and Families transitional jobs program. Eligible veterans are placed in the workforce with a participating employer, and the participant’s employer is provided wage subsidies. Assembly Bill 422 creates the Hire Heroes program which makes all veterans eligible for transitional job assistance with preference given to veterans who need it most.