Military transition bill named in Plainview grad's memory closer

Military transition bill named in Plainview grad's memory closer to law

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

A bill that aims to improve the transition from active duty to civilian life is one step closer to becoming law. 

The Navy Seal Chief Petty Officer William "Bill" Mulder Transition Improvement Act of 2018 is named in memory of a Plainview High School grad.

The bill, introduced by Lubbock Congressman Jodey Arrington, reforms the transition assistance program to focus more on career opportunities and entrepreneurship. It requires service members to seek counseling a year prior to separation, evaluating which career-oriented track best suits their post-service plans. 

"This transition assistance program we believe is incredibly important because an ounce of prevention is better than the pound of cure in terms of suicide, unemployment, incarceration, and other challenges that are unique to the veteran community," Congressman Arrington said.

Arrington's bill enjoys bipartisan support. Democratic Congressman Beto O'Rourke from El Paso says the bill will save lives. 

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