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February 25, 2019
Press Release

(WASHINGTON, DC) – Today, the House passed the Supporting Veterans in STEM Careers Act (H.R. 425), a bipartisan bill authored by Representative Neal Dunn (R-FL) and co-sponsored by Rep. Conor Lamb (D-PA-17).  The bill encourages veterans to study and pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields and directs the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop a comprehensive outreach plan to increase veteran participation in its STEM education and research programs.

"Veterans come out of the military with a wide range of skills and the best training in the world.  They shouldn't be struggling to find jobs in the civilian workforce, especially not when trade schools and businesses are struggling to fill high-demand, high-paying jobs in STEM-related industries," said Lamb.  "That's why this bipartisan bill is so important.  It connects the dots and targets our outreach, so we can help veterans compete for some of the best jobs in the 21st century."

H.R. 425 updates existing NSF programs to include outreach to veterans and requires annual reporting on veteran participation in STEM fields.  Additionally, it directs the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to create a cross-government working group to identify and address barriers veterans and military spouses face in securing STEM employment.

Click here to learn more about H.R. 425 from Rep. Lamb: