A Commitment to Our Veterans

By Tim Kaine

Yesterday’s announcement by President and First Lady Obama of 25,000 private sector jobs for veterans and military spouses is great news for the men and women who have served our country and are now seeking work. Of course, it is only one step forward in what should be an ongoing commitment to reduce the unacceptable level of unemployment among veterans. Our nation must commit to welcoming our heroes home with economic and educational opportunities, training to get them back in the workforce, and healthcare to treat wounds both seen and unseen.

One in 10 Virginians is a veteran. They should be proud of their service and employers should recognize it as a sign of a disciplined individual who can be an asset to their businesses. This is great news for many Virginia families and I encourage all Virginians and Virginia businesses to consider the ways they can honor the service and sacrifice of veterans in their communities.


President Obama and first lady to unveil private sector partnership to hire 25,000 war veterans

By David Nakamura
Published October 19, 2011
The Washington Post

HAMPTON, Va. — President Obama will use an appearance at a military base here Wednesday to announce a partnership with the private sector to employ 25,000 veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars over the next two years, White House officials said.

Obama has been touring the region by bus to promote his plans to create public sector jobs. But, with his $447 billion American Jobs Act stalled in Congress, Obama also has called on the private sector to help reduce an unemployment rate of 11.7 percent among veterans, above the national average of 9.1 percent.

In a speech at the Washington Navy Yard in August, Obama challenged businesses to hire 100,000 veterans by the end of 2013. The first step toward that goal comes Wednesday when the administration will announce a commitment from the American Logistics Association to hire a quarter of that number, officials said Tuesday.

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