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Service members would see an increase in the advice and benefits they receive as they transition to civilian life, under a measure now pending before the House Veterans’ Affairs subcommittee on economic opportunity.

Should the Transition Improvement Act become law, a new pilot program would give veterans and spouses more time to learn about the resources available to them, even after they move to their new communities. They also would get help writing resumes, preparing for and taking part in job interviews, and learning about job recruitment. Though these services are available now, the bill’s sponsors believe they should be available from a central source.

In one year, the changes would be assessed independently to assure that the Veterans Affairs and Labor departments are operating them effectively and providing “better employment data.”

Rep. Mike Levin, D-Calif., the subcommittee’s chairman, sponsored with legislation. Cosponsors include Reps. Jodey Harrington, R-Texas, Gil Cisneros, D-Calif., Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., Joe Cunningham, D-S.C., and Susie Lee, D-Nev.