Christy Smith

 This week, Representative Mike Garcia (R-CA) sponsored the Veterans Economic Recovery Act of 2021, H.R. 637. The bill would help veterans who are unemployed due to COVID-19 by providing them with training in high-demand fields.

“As a combat veteran, I know that we must do all we can to ensure veterans receive the services and support they deserve, especially during these trying times,” said Garcia. “I am proud to co-sponsor this bill that will help provide economic opportunity for the many veterans who have lost their job as a result of the COIVD-19 pandemic. It can be difficult enough for veterans transitioning into civilian life and COVID-19 has made it even more difficult for many veterans. Allowing veterans increased opportunity to get back on their feet is crucial not only financially but also for their mental health.” 

The Veterans Economic Recovery Act of 2021, originally introduced by House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Ranking Member Mike Bost (R-IL), would provide unemployed veterans, members of the National Guard, and reservists with training for jobs that are in high demand. In 2019, the veteran unemployment rate was 3.1 percent, the lowest it had been in 19 years. As of December 2020, it had risen to 5.3 percent. This bill would help bring the veteran unemployment rate back down again to pre-pandemic levels.

Click here to learn more about the Veterans Economic Recovery Act of 2021, H.R. 637.