Congressman McCarthy Applauds VET TEC Act Implementation
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it is implementing a new pilot program called the Veteran Employment Through Technology Education Courses (VET TEC). This program was authorized by legislation (the VET TEC Act, H.R 1989) sponsored by Congressman Kevin McCarthy and signed into law by President Trump in August 2017. Congressman McCarthy released the following statement:
“Today’s announcement by the VA will help ensure that our veterans obtain the skills they need to thrive in the 21st Century. Rapid technological advances have created jobs that our veterans can and should be able to do - the VET TEC pilot program will give them access to non-traditional educational programs so that they are able to fill the jobs of the future, all while using their GI Bill benefits.
“By broadening the fields of study covered by GI Bill benefits, the VET TEC pilot program will help transform our workforce and give our veterans the ability to pursue rewarding careers in tech. This will not only ensure that America’s workforce remains competitive, but will help our veterans apply what they learned in the military to their new careers.”
- Congressman McCarthy introduced the VET TEC Act (H.R. 1989) on April 6, 2017.
- The VET TEC Act was included in the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017, which was signed into law by President Trump on August 16, 2017.
- The VET TEC Act, as introduced and enacted:
- Authorizes the VA to contract with technology education program to provide non-traditional technology courses to veterans;
- Provides the VA the flexibility to use contracting as an alternative oversight mechanism; and,
- Provides veterans with a housing stipend.