Written by Staff Writer at CNN
Vice President Joe Biden has signed into law a slate of bills aimed at supporting veterans, signed into law Thursday by President Donald Trump.
Under the legislation, which the White House announced was signed just before Veterans Day, all new civilians hired by the Pentagon will undergo four months of training on military occupational specialties (MOS) for service members with disabilities as well as PTSD and traumatic brain injury.
Joe Biden, at a signing ceremony at the White House, Nov. 14, 2018. Credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images
A 20% increase in the Earned Income Tax Credit for military families was also included in the legislation, which addressed a federal income tax stipulation that had been put in place for military personnel before 2005, according to the White House.
The Trump administration said in a statement that the legislation “provides clear and fair systems for military veterans to navigate an increasingly complex job market,” but critics have called for more improvement.
“If there is one thing we know about Joe Biden, it’s that he will be the watchdog for veterans. Veterans Affairs is a very large and complicated bureaucracy and this means that we are being more proactive and preventing cases from coming up in the first place,” Mike Van Tuyl, executive director of Every Voice, told CNN earlier this year.
CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta spoke with Van Tuyl on “The Lead with Jake Tapper” on Nov. 4 about the need for reform within the system.
Joe Biden said at Thursday’s bill signing: “It’s human nature to be grateful, to want to do something to help. But there is no greater reason to make a difference in this country than to give back to your fellow man and to protect your fellow men and women who have sacrificed for your freedom.”
He added: “We need new tools to help soldiers become more self-sufficient, more employable.”