Monday, February 03, 2014

House Democratic members of Arizona Veterans Caucus working to create job opportunities for veterans

House Democratic members of Arizona Veterans Caucus working to create job opportunities for veterans

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Democratic members of the Arizona Veterans Caucus want to make it easier for employers to utilize the expertise that veterans bring to the job market.

Rep. Jonathan Larkin, D-Glendale (District 30), is a veteran of the Marine Corps and the new Democratic co-chair of the Arizona Veterans Caucus.

“The veterans serving at the state Capitol founded this bipartisan caucus in 2013 with the goal of finding more ways to serve those who have served our country,” Larkin said. “Focusing on veteran employment issues has been a priority from the start.”
Larkin added that military veterans have unique experiences and skills that they can bring to new careers when they leave the military. 

“For that reason, finding ways to help veterans transition into the workforce quickly is in everyone’s best interest,” he said.

Assistant House Minority Leader Ruben Gallego, D-Phoenix (District 27), is also a veteran of the Marine Corps. He introduced two bills that would help veterans and their spouses utilize the training they have already received if they choose to live and work in Arizona.

HB 2499 would establish a process for service members who are leaving the military and have professional licenses from another state get professional licenses, certificates or registrations in Arizona. HB 2500 would speed up the process for out-of-state military spouses residing in Arizona who have professional licenses from another state to get professional licenses, certificates or registrations here.

“Veterans are ideal employees,” Gallego said. “If they are willing to bring their knowledge, skills and spouses to our state, we should not make them jump through hoops once they’re here.”

Rep. Mark Cardenas, D-Phoenix (District 19), an Army veteran who also served in the Army Reserves, sponsored another bill designed to help veterans find work in Arizona. HB 2475 would establish a tax credit for people and corporations that hire an unemployed veteran who is receiving unemployment benefits and left the United States Armed Forces under honorable conditions.
“We know that veterans have an outstanding work ethic. We know they are committed and dedicated, and we know that they have received outstanding training,” Cardenas said. “Our employers and our economy benefit when we get veterans back to work. This bill is a win-win-win proposal for veterans, employers and Arizona’s economy.”

To view a full copy of HB 2475, go to:

To view a full copy of HB 2499, go to:

To view a full copy of HB 2500, go to:



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