(Cleveland) Today, with the unemployment rate among recent Iraq and Afghanistan veterans higher than the national average and with the number of veterans receiving unemployment benefits doubling since 2002, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) has outline a plan to reduce unemployment among recently-returned servicemembers and ease their transition to the civilian workforce.

While servicemembers acquire significant training and skills in the military, many employers fail to recognize these credentials. On Monday, at the Pulaski Post of the Polish Legion of American Veterans (PLAV), Brown outlined how the Troop Talent Act of 2013 would help veterans better utilize the skills they’ve acquired in the military to find full-time employment when they transition to civilian life.

Brown was joined by Col. Robert Schuett, a Northeast Ohio Air Force Veteran who spent nearly a year unemployed before finding work just last month. Col. Schuett also had to spend thousands of dollars to receive civilian credentials for expertise he already acquired during his service.

Brown was also joined by Commander Joe Benedict, a Vietnam veteran and President of Honor Flight Cleveland who spoke to the importance of this issue and the necessity of this legislation.
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