Governor Walker Signs Bill To Help Returning Troops

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Governor Walker Signs Bill To Help Returning Troops

March 5, 2012 Updated Mar 5, 2012 at 6:41 PM CDT

Duluth, MN - (Northland's NewsCenter) - A new bill signed into law will make it easier for veterans to transition into civilian life after deployment.

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker declared 2012 as the "Year of the Veteran"...in order to honor the deeds of Wisconsin's veterans.

Today he signed into law a bill that will provide veterans tools such as education, health care and employment assistance.

The new law will speed up the process in which state agencies look over veterans skills and previous training...while in the military...in order to help them get a civilian job faster.

Governor Walker says he believes this law will help veterans find a job suitable to their training.

"If they got that training and they got that experience while being deployed, to us it seems to be logical, a bit of common sense to say give them the license, they have the training, they have the experience...why make them wait all this time and take all this red tape for them to get a license that could put them to work," Governor Walker says.

The veterans unemployment rate in Wisconsin is estimated to be higher than the general population...Governor Walker is hoping the law will change that.

Written for the web by Danyel Piecek.