California veterans skills erode due to inaction

Published: Friday, Nov. 8, 2013 - 1:23 pm
Last Modified: Friday, Nov. 8, 2013 - 1:46 pm

Re "California is failing its jobless veterans" (Editorials, Nov. 7): The implementation of new legislation for veterans is being delayed by inaction of the educational system and licensing boards of this state. The passage of AB 2462 and AB 1904 has mandated improved transferability of education, training and experiences for the members of the military as they become civilians. The delay will cause their highly valued skills to erode, and will also cause many to relocate to states other than California or abandon hope of finding employment in their field of expertise. I have called, e-mailed and met personally with the educational and administrative leaders tasked with the implementation of this legislation. In general, their response has been, "We are working on it.” That is not good enough. Their inaction will further alienate the newest veterans from applying their skills to the civilian life they come back to after serving our country so well over the last 11 years.

-- James Cahill, Placerville

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