Sinema Fueling Careers for Arizona Veterans

Jan 24, 2024

Sinema introduced bipartisan Hire Veterans Act, enhancing hiring for Arizona veterans

WASHINGTON – Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema helped introduce the Hire Veterans Act – bipartisan legislation expanding Arizona careers for veterans. 

The Sinema-backed bill directs the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of the Interior (DOI) to establish a five-year pilot program to facilitate the hiring of veterans for outdoor roles, such as firefighting.

“After years of service and sacrifice, Arizona veterans deserve access to strong careers where they can continue building the future they want for themselves and their families,” said Sinema, a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

Sinema’s Hire Veterans Act directs USDA and DOI to develop training programs and skills evaluations as part of a five-year pilot program to enhance veteran hiring at federal land management organizations. The program will assess veterans’ abilities to fulfill outdoor roles including firefighting, landscape restoration, and geology. If a veteran cannot pass their skills evaluation, they may be referred to a training program to equip them with tools to succeed.

By helping introduce the Hire Veterans Act, Sinema is building on her work expanding employment opportunities for veterans and their families. Last month, Sinema passed her Military Spouse Employment Act – ensuring military spouses can continue their careers no matter where life takes them – into law.

Sinema’s Veterans Advisory Council was formed to seek feedback from Arizona veterans and strengthen relationships between servicemembers, veterans, their families, and the communities that support them. The Senator’s advisory council includes members with backgrounds in the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines.