Measure eliminates hurdle for service members to obtain a Commercial Driver’s License
Oct 01 2012
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Legislation to help streamline the process for veterans seeking a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) passed the U.S. House of Representatives this morning, after unanimously passing the United States Senate last Saturday. The bill, which is co-sponsored by U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), now heads to the President’s desk for signature. Members of the military who have either entered civilian life or are currently stationed at McConnell Air Force Base, Fort Riley, Fort Leavenworth and Forbes Field will benefit from this legislation.
"As a member of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs, making certain our nation keeps its promises to our veterans is my top priority,” Sen. Moran said. “As our veterans return from Afghanistan and Iraq, this legislation will make it easier for our service men and women to the use critical skills learned in the military to contribute in the private sector."
The Military CDL Act (S.3624) eliminates a current-law hurdle that only allows veterans to obtain a license in their home state of record. Since many military personnel retain home states of record that differ from where they are actually stationed, it can be difficult for them to apply training received at their military installation to receiving a CDL they can use to obtain a civilian job following their service – a problem alleviated by this bill.
Members of the military who have either entered civilian life or are currently stationed at McConnell Air Force Base, Fort Riley, Fort Leavenworth and Forbes Field will benefit from this legislation. The legislation is supported by the American Legion, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) and the American Trucking Associations (ATA).