New bill would require businesses to hire veterans

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TULSA, Okla.—An Oklahoma representative is proposing a new bill that would help veterans and their families find work.

Rep. Eric Proctor is introducing House Bill 1064, which would require companies have at least 10 percent of military veterans as their new hires in order to receive funds from the state as part of the Quality Jobs Act.

“There are few higher duties we have as citizens than to ensure that those who protect our liberty are themselves able to provide for their families when they return home,” Proctor said. “It is my sincere hope that the legislature will be able to put our troops and their families before politics and any special interest groups who stand in the way of jobs for our veterans.”

Unemployment for veterans in our state is well above the national average with another 300,000 troops expected to come home in the next year.

One such veteran is Sgt. Shane Hannaford, who returned home after seven tours of duty in Iraq to six months of unemployment.

Hannaford applied for a variety of jobs but was never hired.

“I am proud of service in the Marine Corps and wouldn’t change a thing about my service,” Hannaford said. “However, if our nation deploys troops into harm’s way the least that should be done is to ensure those same troops can provide for our families when we return home.”