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  • “We Need Them to Keep Making America Stronger”

    By Mary on

    President Obama announced a range of new initiatives on Friday to help veterans find work and return to civilian life. Speaking to an audience of current and former service members, the President said:

    “Today, nearly 3 million extraordinary service members like you have completed their service and made the transition back to civilian life. They’ve taken their 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.

    “If you can save a life in Afghanistan, you can save a life in an ambulance in Wyoming. If you can oversee millions of dollars in assets in Iraq, you can help a business balance its books here at home. Our incredible servicemen and women need to know that America values them not simply for what they can do in uniform, but for what they can do when they come home. We need them to keep making America stronger.”

    The measures the President proposed include:

    • A “reverse boot camp” to help veterans learn about everything from benefits to how they can use their skills in civilian jobs, along with a new program to make it easier for veterans to access career advice at their local career center.

    • A new Returning Heroes Tax Credit for firms that hire unemployed veterans.

    • A challenge to the private sector to hire or train 100,000 unemployed veterans or their spouses by the end of 2013.

    Your can read the President’s remarks in full here and find out how some private-sector companies have responded to the challenge here.

The President's Accomplishments for Veterans and Military Families

Standing Up for Those Who Serve

President Obama is committed to keeping the sacred trust we hold with members of our nation’s all-volunteer military. The President has fought to expand and improve benefits for veterans and their families—from access to the health care they need to the education and job opportunities they deserve when they return home.

The President and his administration, along with the First Lady and Dr. Jill Biden, have secured commitments from private sector companies to hire unemployed veterans and worked to make sure returning servicemembers can find work when they come home. The President also took executive actions to help match veterans with potential employers, streamline the job search for returning servicemembers, and is working to provide veterans and their families better access to job training. Recently, the President announced his Veterans Jobs Corps initiative, which will put veterans back to work on a range of projects that benefit from the skills they developed in the military.

As part of the President’s plan to support American jobs, he signed into law the Returning Heroes and Wounded Warrior tax credits to encourage businesses to hire unemployed veterans and veterans with service-connected disabilities.

Download this fact sheet to learn more about the President's accomplishments for veterans and military families.

Ending the war in Iraq

President Obama has fulfilled his promise to responsibly and safely bring our soldiers home. When the President took office in January 2009, there were 142,000 U.S. troops in Iraq. Today, the war in Iraq has ended and the Iraqi people have taken responsibility for the security of their country.

Post 9/11 G.I. Bill

Fact: President Obama signed into law an update to the post-9/11 G.I. Bill, which makes it easier for National Guard members who performed active service to qualify for benefits, and allows for education benefits to be transferred to family members.

“This is the Best Present”

Thanks to President Obama, our troops got home from Iraq in time for the holidays. Sgt. Michael Anderson (Ret.) served two tours on the front line, and he just celebrated Christmas with his family in Illinois. Watch the video about Michael's homecoming, then share it with your friends and any veterans you know.