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  • Five things you should know before casting your ballot

    By Rob Diamond, Veterans and Military Families Vote Director on

    This election is a choice between two fundamentally different visions for America, and President Obama has made it a priority to keep the sacred trust we hold with our troops and their families. Here are a few things you should know before casting your ballot.

  • 1. President Obama responsibly ended the war in Iraq, is bringing our troops home from Afghanistan, and will use half the savings to reduce the deficit and the rest to engage in nation-building here at home.

  • Mitt Romney criticized the end of the Iraq war as "tragic," and has offered no plan to withdraw our troops from Afghanistan.

  • 2. President Obama is committed to ensuring that veterans and service members can get an education and find work when they return from service—that's why he implemented and expanded the post-9/11 G.I. Bill, which has helped more than 800,000 veterans and their families pursue an education.

  • Mitt Romney would slash domestic investments so drastically that, if cuts are applied across the board, funding for Veterans Affairs would have to be cut by 19%, or $11 billion a year.

  • 3. Under President Obama, we've seen 32 straight months of job growth, adding 5.4 million private sector jobs, including nearly 479,000 manufacturing jobs – the most growth since 2010.

  • Mitt Romney wants to return to the failed top-down policies that crashed the economy. And his 160-page, 59-point “Plan For Jobs and Economic Growth,” does not mentions veterans once.

  • 4. President Obama signed two tax credits into law for businesses that hire unemployed veterans and wounded warriors, and proposed a Veterans Job Corps to put vets back to work as cops, firefighters, and protecting our public lands.

  • Mitt Romney hasn’t proposed any significant plan to directly put veterans back to work, and his allies in Congress blocked the Veterans Job Corps bill.

  • 5. President Obama cut taxes by $3,600 for the typical middle class family making $50,000 a year over his first term.

  • Mitt Romney's plan could require raising taxes on middle class families with kids by $2,000 to pay for tax cuts for the wealthy.

    Read the President’s plan for the next four years here—and then pass it on to everyone you know.

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.