Posted: July 4, 2012 in Uncategorized

On 30 MAY the House passed Representative Tim Walz’s (D-MN) H.R.3670. The bill now passes to the Senate where companion legislation, S. 1990, sponsored by Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) with 27 co-sponsors awaits action. This bill requires the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to comply with the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), and protect deployed members of the National Guard and Reserves’ civilian jobs when they return from military service. When the TSA was created after the attack of 9/11 it was exempt from following the USERRA requirements. Although TSA employs thousands of veterans including members of the Guard and Reserve this rare exemption still exists. Representative Walz, a retired Command Sergeant Major of the National Guard explained the need for the bill and the end of the exemption: “The unemployment rate among our servicemembers is already far too high. Protecting the jobs they already have should be a top priority and I’m pleased the House took action on this common sense bill today. We have USERRA protections in place for a reason and this bill simply ensures that the thousands of veterans, Reservists, and members of the National Guard working for TSA are protected as they would be in any other position.”
The House also passed the Servicemember Family Protection Act, H.R.4201. This bill originally sponsored by Representative Mike Turner amends the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) to ensure that a servicemember’s deployment, or possible deployment, cannot be used as a factor in child custody determinations. “With every deployment, our men and women in uniform live with the constant fear that their custody rights as parents could be in jeopardy due to their service,” said Rep. Turner. “This legislation would ensure that being deployed, or the possibility of deployment is not used against them when child custody decisions are made by the courts.” There are now 12 pieces of veteran legislation passed by the House of Representatives waiting action by the Senate. [Source: TREA News for the Enlisted 1 Jun 2012 ++]


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