U.S. Sen. Max Baucus (D - Montana) introduced a bill yesterday designed to help transitioning veterans find civilian careers. Last year Baucus also spearheaded legislation as part of the Vow to Hire Heroes Act that offered tax credits to employers who hire veterans. In addition, he worked with the Montana Chamber of Commerce, the Montana Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, veterans and businesses to encourage Montana employers to hire veterans. Baucus has asked businesses that currently employ veterans to display the “I Hire Veterans” logo in their windows and front offices and help spread the word about the tax credit.
"A deep sense of duty and patriotism runs through all Montanans," Baucus said. "We had more Montanans volunteer for service after 9/11 than any other state in the country, per capita. And many of our Montana businesses have stepped up as well by supporting Guard and Reserve members on their staffs and hiring our veterans when they come home. I'm proud to have veterans on my staff, and I'm proud to display this sign in my office. I'm asking Montana businesses to join me so that together we can help spread the word and encourage other folks to do the same.
The tax credit provides a $5,600 tax credit for hiring long term unemployed veterans, $2,400 for hiring short term unemployed veterans, and credits up to $9,600 for hiring unemployed veterans with service-related disabilities. Baucus pledged to continue to work to remove the bureaucratic hurdles and Thursday’s legislation demonstrates his commitment to that pledge.
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