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President Obama Announces Veterans Jobs Initiative

President Obama Announces Veterans Jobs Initiative


Today nearly three million extraordinary
service members like you have completed their service and made the transition back to civilian life. They’ve taken the leadership experience, their mastery of cutting-edge technologies, their ability to adapt to changing
circumstances, and they’ve become leaders here at home. Just think about how many veterans have
led their comrades on life-and-death missions by the time they were
25 years old That’s the kind of responsibility and experience
that any business in America should want to take
advantage of. These veterans are already making an
impact, making companies and communities stronger. But for every success story there are also stories of veterans who come
home and struggle to find a job worthy of their experience and worthy of their
talent. So today, we’re taking a step further. First, we need to do more to make the
transition from military to civilian life easier for our veterans. That’s why I’m directing the Departments
of Defense and Veterans Affairs to design what were calling a “reverse
boot camp.” The problem is that right now, we
spend months preparing our men and women for life in the military, but we spend much less time preparing them
for life after they get out. So we’ll devote more time on the back end to help our veterans learn about
everything from benefits to how they can translate their military
training into an industry-accepted credential. In addition we’ll make it easier for
veterans to go to their local OneStop career center and get help pursuing a
career that fits them best. These steps will help bridge part of the gap between veterans looking for
work and companies looking to hire. But that’s only part of the equation. The other half is about encouraging
companies to do their part. That’s why i’m proposing a new Returning
Heroes Tax Credit for companies that hire unemployed veterans. And I’m proposing an increase in the
existing tax credit for companies who hire unemployed veterans with a disability, who still have so much to offer our
country. And finally, we’re challenging the private
sector to hire or train 100,000
unemployed post-9/11 veterans or their spouses by the end of 2013. This builds on commitments that many
companies have already made as part of the Joining Forces campaign championed
by my wife Michelle and Dr. Jill Biden. The bottom line is this. We still have a long way to go, and a lot of work to do to give folks the economic security and opportunity
they deserve. And that begins with connecting
Americans looking for work, including our veterans, with employers looking to hire. Over the last few years, another
generation of young veterans has learned that the challenges don’t hand in Kandahar
or Baghdad. They continue right here at home. Today, we’re saying to our veterans: you fought for us, and now we’re fighting for you — for the jobs and opportunities that you
need to keep your families strong and to keep America competitive in the 21st
century. And at a time when there is so much work
to be done in this country, we need everyone’s help to do it. So thank you, God bless you, God bless all our services, and God bless the United States of
America.

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