We owe our freedom to these heroes and must do a better job facilitating their transition back home. One of the ways we can do this is by providing opportunities for them to continue to serve" said Cong. Will Hurd who served along members of the Armed Forces during his nearly decade of service in the CIA.
Prioritizing federal grants to law enforcement departments that hire veterans is a no-brainer. I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to get this bill to the Presidents desk" Hurd said.
Texas Insider Report: SAN ANTONIO Texas
At a roundtable with local law enforcement leaders San Antonio natives Senator John Cornyn
and Congressman Will Hurd
announced a new joint-initiative to better transition our nations veterans into meaningful civilian careers.
Their new companion legislation is designed to incentivize state and local governments to hire American veterans as new law enforcement officers.
This legislation will support veterans as they transition back to their communities and will also help our law enforcement agencies attract well-qualified service-oriented individuals" said Senator Cornyn.
Its a win-win for both law enforcement and our men and women in uniform and Im proud to partner with Rep. Hurd on this initiative" Cornyn said.
Modeled after an expired program called Troops to COPS which helped almost 1000 veterans in the late 1990s the Cornyn-Hurd legislation will codify an existing administration process ensuring long-term permanency in the program. The legislation will be introduced in the Senate and House when Congress returns to Washington in the fall.