April 11, 2019

Neguse, Ruiz Introduce the Veterans Conservation Corps Act

Washington D.C.— Representative Joe Neguse (D-CO) and Representative Raul Ruiz (D-CA), this week, introduced the Veterans Conservation Corps Act, legislation to connect veterans with employment opportunities in public lands maintenance.

This bill provides transitional assistance for veterans, through employment opportunities for those that would like to work in conservation, resource management, firefighting, law enforcement, or historic preservation. The initiative has been widely praised by veteran and environmental advocates, as well as nonprofit and state-run conservation corps.

“This legislation addresses the issue of veterans unemployment, while investing in our public lands and our natural disaster assistance,” said Congressman Neguse. “I’m proud to introduce the Veterans Conservation Corps Act which will support our veterans through concrete transitional opportunities, while also investing in the precious public lands at the heart of Colorado and our nation’s character and economy.”

“Our veterans learn invaluable skills while serving in our nation’s armed forces. Ensuring these talented men and women can secure employment is a crucial part of serving our veterans after they have returned home,” said Congressman Ruiz, M.D., “I am proud to join Congressman Neguse in introducing the Veterans Conservation Corps Act, which will provide job opportunities to veterans who want to continue serving our nation by working in our national and state forests, parks, and wildlife refuges to maintain our public lands and protect our natural resources.”

“Opportunities in our conservations corps are incredible ways for veterans to find new jobs skills, make connections with professionals and find a pathway to a career in land management and wilderness firefighting,” said Garett Reppenhagen, former US Army sniper. “I have seen hundreds of veterans rediscover their pride in service and get on their feet after transitioning from the military through hard work in our great outdoors."

This legislation is the 10th introduced by Congressman Joe Neguse in the 116th Congress, and the 4th bill that invests in public land conservation and management. Neguse is also a co-sponsor of the Homeless Families Veterans Act and the Military Surviving Spouses Equity Act.