H.R. 5229, Improving Transition Programs for All Veterans Act, as amended

H.R. 5229

Improving Transition Programs for All Veterans Act, as amended

Sponsor
Rep. Mark Takano

Date
May 23, 2016 (114th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Molly Newell

Floor Situation

On Monday, May 23, 2016, the House will consider H.R. 5229, the Improving Transition Programs for All Veterans Act, as amended, under suspension of the rules. The bill was introduced on May 13, 2016, by Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA) and was referred to the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, which ordered the bill reported, as amended, by voice vote on May 18, 2016.

Bill Summary

H.R. 5229, as amended, would direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, in consultation with the Secretaries of Defense and Labor, to carry out a study to evaluate the effectiveness of the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) in assisting veterans as they prepare to transition to civilian life. The study is designed to determine the effectiveness of TAP, especially in regards to the unique challenges faced by women veterans, veterans with disabilities and other groups of minority veterans. The Secretary shall submit a report to Congress eight months after enactment regarding the findings and recommendations of the study. No additional funds are authorized to carry out this legislation.

 

Background

In 2015, approximately 1.3 million members served in the Active Component and 827,000 in the Reserve Component. In FY2014, according to Department of Defense estimates, 249,284 members were eligible for retirement or voluntary separation from the military (186,278 from the AC and 63,006 from the RC). DOD estimates approximately 250,000 servicemembers will transition annually through FY2017.[1]

The rate of unemployment for women veterans is higher than the rate for male veterans. In 2015, the unemployment rate for women was 5.4 percent, while for males it was 4.5%. Additionally, service-connected disabled veterans with relatively high disability ratings have a higher unemployment rate than those with relatively low disability ratings.

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[1] See CRS In Focus, “Military Transition Assistance Program: An Overview,” March 15, 2016.

Cost

A Congressional Budget Office (CBO) cost estimate is currently unavailable.

Additional Information

For questions or further information please contact Molly Newell with the House Republican Policy Committee by email or at 2-1374.