Fallin signs bill to help veterans find jobs

By: Victoria Maranan Email
By: Victoria Maranan Email

DURANT, OK-Oklahoma governor Mary Fallin signed a bill into law Wednesday that will help hundreds of thousands of veterans find a job after serving overseas.
There are about 329,000 veterans in Oklahoma and this new law, not only will help them find jobs, it'll make it easier for them to transition to civilian life. I spoke with a local veteran and an employer about what they think of this new law.
Vietnam veteran, Lynn Skocdopole remembers what it was like trying to find a job after serving in the armed forces.

"If you came right out of the military and tried to find a job, janitors was your best," he said.

With jobs hard to come by, he decided to return to military life.

"I gave up and re-enlisted, so I went and stayed with the army for another 6 years," he said.

Wednesday, Oklahoma governor Mary Fallin signed a bill aimed at helping veterans find jobs when they get home so military servicemen and women won't have to face the same difficulties that Skocdopole did.

"Better than what the federal government is offering. I work with veterans through the week trying to help them get medical benefits, go to school, fill out the paperwork to get a home if that's what they need to do if they get a job," Skocdopole said.

"We recognize the importance of hiring veterans and are proud to have about 10,000 veterans working for Union Pacific."

Union Pacific spokesperson, Raquel Espinoza said military service members can apply the skills they learn from the field to the railroad.

"They're a perfect match for jobs on the railroad. We have a lot of opportunities that lend themselves to employees with military backgrounds that include train crew positions, diesel mechanic, diesel electricians, we have a lot of leadership opportunities," she said.

"They come with a wealth of work experience and anything that we can do to help those who have served our country is the right thing to do," Espinoza added.

Skocdopole said rail work is one of the better jobs waiting for those coming home after years of military service.

"It's good work. It's probably some of the higher paying work that you can get into. It's more steady employment than if you went out and worked at an oil rig right now."

Union Pacific is currently hiring because much of their workforce is retiring.
The new law will take effect in November.

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  • by tommy Location: texoma on Jun 1, 2012 at 01:55 PM
    why dont she sign a bill that would give a veteran her job,huh
  • by Anonymous on May 31, 2012 at 08:17 AM
    The bill gives college credits for military training in specific trades, etc. Not a world shaking event.
  • by Worker on May 31, 2012 at 06:13 AM
    Thank goodness someone is doing something to create jobs - Obama sure isn't doing anything. Him and his misguided sidekick Biden are always touting the new jobs they "created", but fail to mention the many more jobs that they destroyed through failed policies, more government regulations, increased healthcare costs, tax uncertainty, etc. The bottom line: there are roughly 500,000 less jobs today than there were in Jan 2009. Enough said!
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      by Mickey on May 31, 2012 at 07:41 AM in reply to Worker
      This isn't about creating jobs. It's about helping vets who are seeking jobs to find the jobs that are available. Jobs are lost during recessions, and the economy was going south before Obama was elected. 'Nuf said.
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        by Mouse on May 31, 2012 at 03:03 PM in reply to Mickey
        We've been dusted by Obama's mama!
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      by Jack on May 31, 2012 at 08:01 AM in reply to Worker
      This bill/story has absolutely nothing to do with creating jobs. It's about getting veterans hired. Besides, I didn't think it was the government's job to create jobs. I'll give you one thing though, your recitation of GOP talking points is perfect.
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        by Anonymous on Jun 1, 2012 at 12:39 PM in reply to Jack
        Jack, look at the job numbers posted TODAY and you will realize that the GOP talking points are indeed perfectly in line with reality!!
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          by Mickey on Jun 2, 2012 at 06:03 PM in reply to
          It was GOP talking points that brought on the recession. Oh well, what can you expct from those on the right with their entitlement mentality? Initiate policies that result in disaster, go begging to Congress for an unprecedented bailout of the financial industry, resist efforts to regulate that industry to protect future disasters, pass the mess on to the next President and expect him to instantly fix everything while providing absolutely no cooperation whatsoever. And get tax breaks to boot. Yea, we've heard all the perfectly in line with reality GOP talking points before. What's next, another Bush in the rose Garden?
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      by Jerrod on May 31, 2012 at 08:04 AM in reply to Worker
  • by What? on May 30, 2012 at 09:25 PM
    Where in this article does it clearly explain this law and how it will help? This is poor reporting.
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      by Anonymous on May 31, 2012 at 08:14 AM in reply to What?
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