Arrington introduces legislation in memory of Plainview graduate - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Arrington introduces legislation in memory of Plainview graduate and decorated Navy Seal

Provided by Congressman Jodey Arrington Provided by Congressman Jodey Arrington

Provided by Congressman Jodey Arrington

WASHINGTON – Congressman Jodey Arrington (TX-19), Chairman of the Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity, introduced the Navy SEAL Chief Petty Officer William "Bill" Mulder (Ret.) Transition Improvement Act of 2018, legislation named in memory of Arrington's friend, a Plainview High School graduate and decorated Navy Seal.

"Our government spends billions of dollars preparing citizens to be warriors, but invests only a fraction of that helping those soldiers transition to civilian life. If we do a better job equipping our servicemen and women on the front end of their transition, we can reduce the number of veterans who struggle with unemployment, homelessness, and suicide. An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of intervention," said Arrington. "Bill was a true American hero who served our country with honor and distinction. Like many of our troops, Bill's greatest fight wasn't on the battlefield, it was the struggle that often ensues from the mental, emotional, and physical wear and tear of military service.

"On top of that, people who spend their entire careers pursuing excellence as a warrior often wrestle with life back in the civilian world. The Transition Assistance Program can help prepare folks like Bill for the challenges and opportunities of transitioning to civilian life, to create a new sense of purpose and to equip them with the tools to be successful in the marketplace. We owe it to Bill and all of our veterans to make this transition from active-duty to civilian life more seamless and successful, which I believe this legislation does."

The bill would make improvements to the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) and the overall transition process for servicemembers to include more of a focus on career opportunities and entrepreneurship. This bill would represent the largest reorganization of TAP since 2011. Specifically, the bill would restructure TAP to require servicemembers to choose specific career-oriented tracks that best suit their post-service plans and would require that servicemembers take part in one-on-one counseling a year prior to separation to evaluate which transition pathway suits them best.

It would also authorize a five-year pilot program that would provide matching grant funds to community providers that offer wraparound transition services to veterans and transitioning servicemembers. Finally, the bill would require a third-party entity to conduct an independent assessment of the TAP curriculum and require a separate longitudinal study on the efficacy of TAP and long-term outcomes for veterans. Click here for more information. Read the bill here.

Last year, Arrington honored Bill's life on the House floor. You can view his speech here.

  • Local News on KCBD.comNewsMore>>

  • Trump talks tougher, now says he warned Putin on meddling

    Trump talks tougher, now says he warned Putin on meddling

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 12:31 AM EDT2018-07-18 04:31:41 GMT
    Wednesday, July 18 2018 8:20 PM EDT2018-07-19 00:20:32 GMT
    (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik). President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media as he meets with members of Congress in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Tuesday, July 17, 2018, in Washington. Trump says he meant the opposite when he said in Helsink...(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik). President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media as he meets with members of Congress in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Tuesday, July 17, 2018, in Washington. Trump says he meant the opposite when he said in Helsink...

    Rebuked as never before by his own party, including a stern pushback from usually reserved Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the U.S. president sought to end 27 hours of recrimination by delivering a rare admission of error.

    Rebuked as never before by his own party, including a stern pushback from usually reserved Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the U.S. president sought to end 27 hours of recrimination by delivering a rare admission of error.

  • Snyder celebrates annual White Buffalo Day

    Snyder celebrates annual White Buffalo Day

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 7:58 PM EDT2018-07-18 23:58:06 GMT

    On October 7, 1876, J. Wright Mooar was hunting when he came killed a rare white buffalo. Mooar's family, current residents of Snyder, still has the hide.

    On October 7, 1876, J. Wright Mooar was hunting when he came killed a rare white buffalo. Mooar's family, current residents of Snyder, still has the hide.

  • David Nelson, county judicial candidate, identified as bicyclist killed in morning crash

    David Nelson, county judicial candidate, identified as bicyclist killed in morning crash

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 7:56 PM EDT2018-07-18 23:56:13 GMT
    John David Nelson (Source: nelson4judge.com)John David Nelson (Source: nelson4judge.com)

    The Texas Department of Public Safety has identified 67-year-old John David Nelson of Lubbock as the man who was killed during an early-morning crash between a truck and a bicycle.

    The Texas Department of Public Safety has identified 67-year-old John David Nelson of Lubbock as the man who was killed during an early-morning crash between a truck and a bicycle.

Powered by Frankly