The first bill Tim Kaine will introduce as a U.S. senator will seek to smooth the way for military personnel to land civilian jobs.
After speaking with military members, Kaine said Wednesday, he realized that too many employers were "not understanding what it is that veterans bring to the table in terms of technical skills, especially enlisted members." For instance, an aviation mechanic who left the Navy would be told "he had to take the courses all over again" to get a similar civilian position, Kaine said.
Kaine's Troop Talent Act seeks to improve communications among employers, the military and organizations that provide job credentials or licenses. It would ask the Defense Department to define members' military occupational specialties for businesses.