Councilmember Todd Marks Military Appreciation Month With Two Veteran-Supporting Bills

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 1, 2018


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 Councilmember Todd Introduces Legislation To Improve Veteran Access to Cybersecurity Jobs & Emergency Food Resources

Washington, DC – Today, Councilmember Brandon Todd (D-Ward 4) marked the beginning of Military Appreciation Month by introducing two bills that support DC veterans.

The “Veterans Cyber Academy Pilot Program Act of 2018” establishes a two-year pilot program, housed in the Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO), that would provide District veterans access to cybersecurity training, industry-recognized certification, apprenticeships, and additional resources to enter the cybersecurity field. The legislation is modeled after “Cyber Vets Virginia,” and is designed to make veterans more competitive for lucrative, plentiful jobs in the cybersecurity sector. Upon introduction, a majority of the Council supports the legislation.

“The 27,000 veterans in the District of Columbia have answered the call of duty to serve our nation, so it is fitting that our Government make every effort possible to support a prosperous post-military life for our veterans,” said Councilmember Todd. “Veterans contribute so much to our city and nation beyond their military service, and the booming cybersecurity field could benefit greatly from their experience and diligence. As Chairman of the Committee on Government Operations, which includes both OCTO and the Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs under its purview, I look forward to speedily passing this important legislation.”

The “Veterans Emergency Food Program Act of 2018” establishes the Veterans Emergency Food Program. Under this bill, the Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs will operate an Emergency Food Pantry to exclusively provide food to veterans and their families experiencing a short-term crisis. Food delivery will also be available to disabled veterans. Upon introduction, a majority of the Council supports the legislation.

“It is unconscionable that many veterans suffer from hunger or food insecurity, and this bill aims to right that fundamental wrong,” said Councilmember Todd. “Many veterans rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, to feed their families, and proposed Federal SNAP cuts could impact thousands of military families who receive monthly benefits. That is why the District must act now to ensure no veteran or military family goes hungry. They served us, now we must serve them.”  

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About Ward 4 Councilmember Brandon T. Todd

Councilmember Brandon T. Todd (D-Ward 4) is a native Washingtonian and lifelong public servant. He was elected to be the Ward 4 Councilmember on April 28, 2015 in a special election, and re-elected to a full four year term on November 8, 2016. He serves as Chairman of the DC Council Committee on Government Operations, Vice-Chair of the Metropolitan Washington Air Quality Committee, and is a member of the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board.

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