Rep. Eric Proctor, D-Tulsa, hopes to encourage Oklahoma companies to hire veterans with HB1064, which will require that companies must have at least 10 percent of military veterans as their new hires in order to receive investment from the State of Oklahoma 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 remains well above the national average and 300,000 troops are expected to return home each of the next four years as our forces are drawn down in Afghanistan. Given the numbers of returning service members, the unemployment rate for veterans is expected to rise.