Johnson’s Bill to Support Native Veterans Passes the House

May 18, 2021
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today the U.S. House passed legislation led by U.S. Representatives Dusty Johnson (R-SD) and Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) that connects Native veterans to VA services and vocational training by extending the VetSuccess on Campus (VSOC) program to Tribal Colleges and Universities in South Dakota. The Native VetSuccess at Tribal Colleges and Universities Pilot Program Act also provides high-tech field training for veterans to ensure they are placed in well-paying, long-term jobs. 

“Educational and career counseling programs are critical to the long-term success of our Native veterans. Expanding the VetSuccess on Campus program to tribal colleges ensures our Native veterans are best prepared for civilian life,” said Johnson. “I’m proud our bill passed the House and look forward to the day our Native veterans are able to take full advantage of the services they’ve earned. I hope the Senate will quickly pass our bill.”

The VSOC program currently provides services to thousands of veterans at 104 institutions across the country. The Native VetSuccess at Tribal Colleges and Universities Pilot Program Act will establish this successful program at Tribal Colleges and Universities in order to provide Native veterans:

  • Adjustment counseling to help veterans complete education programs and ultimately secure employment
  • Vocational testing services
  • Educational and career counseling
  • Expedited veteran readiness and employment (VR&E) services
  • Referrals through VA Medical Centers, Community-Based Outpatient Clinics, or Vet Centers

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