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Jan 25, 2013 2:54 PM by MTN News

Baucus, Tester unveil bill to help Montana veterans

WASHINGTON, DC - Montana's two U.S. senators have declared war on veterans unemployment.

Democrats Max Baucus and Jon Tester introduced their first bill of the new session, the Veterans Employment Transition Act, on Thursday.

The jobless rate among Montana veterans stands at nearly 18%, and the new measure would provide tax credits to businesses that hire those just leaving the military.

It would also support small businesses owned by disabled veterans, and would enable veterans to transfer military skills to the civilian workforce.

"Some of our men and women get trained very well in the military, and I think we should take those skills and enable them to work at jobs in the U.S. without having to go through training here at home. They've already been trained, so this is a way to make sure that training is put to good use," Baucus said.

Statistics show that nearly 250,000 veterans across the country are out of work, with 1,000 of those living in the Treasure State.

Montana has the second highest rate of veterans per capita in the nation.

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