White House Focus on Jobs: Veterans
August 5th, 2011
07:39 AM ET

White House Focus on Jobs: Veterans

(CNN) – President Obama is focusing his renewed job creation effort on unemployed veterans Friday, set to outline a new initiative that aims to help former members of the military find private sector jobs.

 In a speech at the Washington Navy Yard scheduled for Friday morning, the president is expected to lay out a series of reforms that the Obama administration is pledging will both better prepare service members for the civilian workforce and encourage employers to hire recent veterans.

 Among the president’s proposals Friday will be a “Returning Heroes and Wounded Warrior Tax Credit,” which would provide businesses that hire veterans a tax break, varying in size depending on how long the newly-hired veteran has been unemployed and whether he or she has a disability. 

 At minimum in the president’s proposal includes a $2,400 credit for hiring a short-term unemployed veteran while a $9,600 credit would be available for hiring a long-term unemployed and disabled veteran.

 Obama will also unveil a new Department of Defense task force that, with help from the administration’s economic and policy teams, is charged with implementing new programs that ensure service members have the skills and training needed to transition to private sector jobs.  The administration is dubbing this transition period a “reverse boot camp,” during which more access to career guidance and counseling will be made available.

 Meanwhile, the labor department will unroll an “enhanced career development and job search service package” while The Office of Personnel Management will publish a manual for business managers outlining how they can locate veterans with skills and training that match open positions.

 Finally, the president will directly challenge private sector businesses to hire or train 100,000 unemployed veterans or their spouses during the next two years.

 Ahead of the announcement, the White House notes the unemployment rate among post-9/11 veterans stands at 13.3 percent – more than four percentage points hire than unemployment nationwide.  The White House adds many of these unemployed veterans are former manufacturing, construction and mining workers – industries that were especially devastated by the recession.

Topics: Economy • Military Families • President Obama • The News • Veterans

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  1. winnieadams

    When it comes to unemployment it’s been a tale of two recessions, with level of education playing an unprecedented role in whether you’ve been pink slipped or not. Getting a degree from "High Speed Universities" is the only solution

    August 5, 2011 at 8:07 am |
    • Howard

      OBAMA continues to push the
      Dead Horse method of management ...

      The tribal wisdom of the Indians, passed on from generation to generation, says that, "When you discover that you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount." However, in government, education and often in corporate America, more advanced strategies are often employed, such as:

      1. Buying a stronger whip.
      2. Changing riders.
      3. Appointing a committee to study the horse.
      4. Arranging to visit other countries to see how other cultures ride dead horses.
      5. Lowering the standards so that dead horses can be included.
      6. Reclassifying the dead horse as living-impaired.
      7. Hiring outside contractors to ride the dead horse.
      8. Harnessing several dead horses together to increase speed.
      9. Providing additional funding and/or training to increase dead horse's performance.
      10. Doing a productivity study to see if lighter riders would improve the dead horse's performance.
      11. Declaring that as the dead horse does not have to be fed, it is less costly, carries lower overhead and therefore contributes substantially more to the bottom line of the economy than do some other horses.
      12. Rewriting the expected performance requirements for all horses.
      And of course....
      13. Promoting the dead horse to a supervisory position.

      August 7, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
    • Howard

      Don't be so sure about that. My wife has a Master's Degree in Business Management and has worked in Human REsources for nine years. Before the recession she was making $60,000 a year; Now she is lucky if she can get a part time job for $30,000 in San Diego. And please don't suggest that we should move because my job is very specific to a minimul amount of places.

      August 7, 2011 at 7:25 pm |
  2. NoGovtBondage

    So.........Obama spends Wednesday evening in Chicago with a huge crowd of MILLIONAIRES and BILLIONAIRES....then jets back to the White House for TWO parties, including plenty of celebrities and political allies..... spend spend spend

    And now that we know Al Sharpton is considered an "Obama inner circle" and close friend.....we best keep an eye on Sharpton as he spews leftist propaganda on his new MSNBC show.

    I'd like to hear Sharpton and Obama speak to the nation about the HUNDREDS of BLACK youths who attacked innocent white people as they were leaving the State Fair in Wisconsin....the news said this mob of blacks targeted whites, and pulled them out of their cars, threw them into bushes, beat them, kicked them in the face.....and more.

    Why.............where is the social justice in this attack???? Please explain.

    Interesting how CNN has very little coverage of the parties.....shilling for Obama, as usual...

    August 5, 2011 at 10:17 am |
  3. Jay in NC

    Remember that these are only proposals, he has not actually put anything down on paper. This guy is not good at negotiating or passing critical legislation, more like a community organizer not a president. The vets are in for a bumpy ride.

    August 5, 2011 at 10:20 am |
    • jean2009

      @Jay....one more time...from now on try to get the facts right.

      Before Barack Obama ascended to the pinnacle of American politics, he was a lawyer, a college professor teaching Constitutional Law, a community organizer, author, Illinois state senator, and United States Senator.

      Barack Obama started his undergraduate education at Occidental College in Los Angeles, but he finished at New York City's Columbia University, where he majored in political science with a specialization in international relations.

      He served as a community organizer at the Altgeld Gardens housing project in Chicago in one of his first jobs.

      He furthered his education at Harvard Law School, where he earned his law degree in 1991. He broke racial barriers early in his career when he was elected the first black president of the Harvard Law Review during his second year at the university.

      He arrived in Chicago in 1993 with a degree from Harvard Law School and was hired as a junior lawyer at the firm then known as Davis, Miner, Barnhill & Gallard. He helped represent clients in civil and voting rights matters and wrongful firings, argued a case before a federal appellate court, and took the lead in writing a suit to expand voter registration.

      But the firm also handled routine legal matters and real estate. Obama spent about 70% of his time on voting rights, civil rights and employment, generally as a junior associate. The rest of his time was spent on matters related to real estate transactions, filing incorporation papers and defending clients against minor lawsuits.

      He served as a professor at the University of Chicago Law School for 12 years. He published his memoirs, "Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance," in 1995.

      His political career began when he was elected to the Illinois State Senate in 1996. He was reelected in 1998 and 2002.

      He ran for the US Senate in 2004. During his time as a senator, Obama published his second book, "The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream."

      He resigned his seat in November to prepare for his campaign for president. He was elected president on Nov. 5, 2008 defeating Republican contender John McCain after a lengthy campaign that began in early 2007.

      I assure you anyone who has written a brief, edited the Harvard Law Review, and published 6 books can put thoughts on paper.

      Barack Obama books published:
      The State of Black America
      Dreams From My Father
      The Audacity of Hope
      Change We Can Believe In
      Barack Obama in His Own Words
      Of Thee I Sing ....childrens' book

      ....And none of them were coloring books!.

      August 6, 2011 at 7:25 pm |
  4. Julie

    Too little too late – we lost our Disposable Hero three weeks ago.

    August 5, 2011 at 11:23 am |
  5. Chad Sowash

    AT&T and Three Other Corporations Pilot Program to Make it Easier for Transitioning Military to Find Real and Verified Jobs...


    August 5, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
  6. Howard

    "B-b-b-but it's his fault ... he started it".....a must read The Washington Post babbled again today about Obama inheriting a huge deficit from Bush. Amazingly enough, a lot of people are still swallow this line of BS. Here is a short civics lesson.
    Budgets do not come from the White House. They come from Congress and the party that controlled Congress since January 2007 is the Democratic Party!
    Furthermore, the Democrats controlled the budget process for FY 2008 and FY 2009 as well as FY 2010 and FY 2011.
    In that first year, they had to contend with George Bush, which caused them to compromise on spending, when Bush somewhat belatedly got tough on spending increases.
    For FY 2009 though, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid bypassed George Bush entirely, passing continuing resolutions to keep government running until Barack Obama could take office. At that time, they passed a massive omnibus spending bill to complete the FY 2009 budgets.
    And where was Barack Obama during this time? He was a member of that very Congress that passed all of these massive spending bills, and he signed the omnibus bill as President to complete FY 2009. Let's keep in mind and remember what the deficits looked like during that period: (below) If the Democrats ‘inherited’ any deficit, it was the FY 2007 deficit, the last of the Republican budgets. That deficit was the lowest in five years, and the fourth straight decline in deficit spending. After that, Democrats in Congress took control of spending, and that includes Barack Obama, who voted for the budgets.
    If Obama inherited anything, he inherited it from himself.
    In a nutshell, what Obama is saying is I inherited a deficit that I voted for and then I voted to expand that deficit four-fold since January 20th.

    August 5, 2011 at 3:21 pm |
  7. jean2009

    @HOWARD so again with your incomplete, inaccurate rendition of historical misinformation.

    Republicans controlled the house from 1994 to 2006 which was several years of Pres. Clinton's term and 6 years of GW Bush's presidency.
    Numbers in the Senate are as follows.
    Senate for the 107th Congress (Jan to June 2001) was evenly divided at a 50/50 deadlock, from June 2001 to Jan. 2003 the divide was Republicans 50, Democrats 48, 2 independents,
    The 108th Congress -Senate (2003-2005) the makeup was Republicans 55/ Democrats 44 and 1 independent,...Republican control.
    The 109th Congress -Senate (2005-2007) Republicans 55/ Democrats 44 and 1 independent. Republican control...that is a total of 5 years Republican control when Republicans controlled the House of Representatives.
    The 110th Congress-Senate (2007-2009) Democrats 49/ Republicans 49 and 1 independent...again a virtual deadlock.

    The problem is the Republicans did their damage during the tax cuts for the wealthiest 2% during the years when both the Presidency, the House and the Senate were all in control of Republicans. That is when the decisions were made to start 2 unfunded wars, an unfunded drug plan (that allowed no bargaining for a better drug price), and 2 major tax refund stimulus bills...followed in 2008 by G. W. Bush's Hail Mary Pass to try to save his presidential reputation for tanking the economy when 2.6 million jobs disappeared...with both TARP bank bailout, and the auto bail out loans. The deficit may have appeared low...simply because he was running 2 sets of books...not a penny of the 2 wars were included in his unbalanced budgets...1/3 or the current federal deficit can be attributed to George W. Bush and failed Republican policies which have not stimulated the economy or created a job.

    The article below from the Daily Kos : Congressional Resolution for July 25, 2011

    RESOLVED: Republican economic policies and voting records from 2001 through 2011 are responsible for the current annual and cumulative federal account deficits.

    Whereas President William Jefferson Clinton handed over an economy to President George W. Bush that included an annual federal government budget surplus; and

    Whereas the passage of the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 did not create jobs and has also added to the annual and cumulative national debt and deficits; and

    Whereas the passage of the Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003 did not create jobs and has also added to the annual and cumulative national debt and deficits; and

    Whereas the passage of the Tax Increase Prevention and Reconciliation Act of 2005 did not create jobs and has also added to the annual and cumulative national debt and deficits; and

    Whereas the these three [3] Reconciliation Acts did not create jobs, created an income disparity between the top-2% of earners and the bottom-98% not seen since before the ‘Great Depression’, and have an associated fiscal impact that have added nearly $3.0 trillion to the cumulative national debt and continue to add an additional $450 billion annually to the national debt and deficits; and

    Whereas the 2001 initiation of the War in Afghanistan had nothing to do with the horror of 9/11, has cost more than contemplated, and has added to cumulative national debt and deficits; and

    Whereas the 2003 initiation of the War in Iraq had nothing to do with the horror of 9/11, has cost more than contemplated, and has added to the cumulative national debt and deficits; and

    Whereas the cost of these two [2] Wars have added over $750 billion to the cumulative national debt and continue to add an additional $150 billion annually to the national debt and deficits; and

    Whereas the size of the federal government and total spending was further increased in 2002 by creation of a new agency, the Department of Homeland Security, with an annual budget of more than $50 billion; and

    Whereas the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 has not slowed government expenditures nor the growth rate for Medicare costs and has added approximately $320 billion to the cumulative national debt as well as continues to add an additional $55 billion annually to the national debt and deficits; and

    Whereas the unemployment rate was 4.7% in January, 2008 (a year before Barack Obama was inaugurated president, when the rate was 7.5%), until October, 2009 when unemployment was 9.4% – the loss of approximately 8 million jobs during these 22 straight months caused and continues to cause an increase in annual federal government outlays of over $60 billion for unemployment insurance as well as reduced the annual income tax revenues received to the U.S. Treasury; and

    Whereas in addition to the increase in unemployment insurance outlays, the rise in unemployment from the recession beginning more than a year before President George W. Bush Recession left office and the resulting loss of tax receipts has caused a decline in government revenue from 22% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to less than 15% of GDP; and

    Whereas the interest payments on the total government debt accumulated during the term of President George W. Bush is approximately $200 billion of the more than $400 billion annual interest payments; and

    Whereas the proof of the budget costs and economic impact of the Reconciliation Acts ($3 trillion), addition of Department of Homeland Security ($450 billion), defense spending on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan ($750 billion), expansion of Medicare Part D program ($320 billion), a rise in U.S. unemployment and unemployment insurance payments ($60 billion), and increase in government interest expense ($200 billion) are verified by a doubling of the national debt from $5.7 trillion at the start of the term of President George W. Bush to over $11.4 trillion at the end of 2009 budget year associated with his term; and

    Whereas without objection from either the Republican Congress (2001-2006) or with a veto from President George W. Bush, passed into law were an expansion of the federal government with the creation of a new agency, an increased rate of spending throughout the federal government, an overall decline in government revenue punctuated by continuing tax cuts for the top-2% of income earners and high unemployment, along with a constant raising of the federal government debt ceiling to pay for these changes; and

    Whereas President George W. Bush and the economic and fiscal policies he enacted with a Republican Congress from 2001-2006 are responsible for more than one-third (1/3) of the current cumulative $14 trillion national debt and at least one-half (1/2) of the annual $1.5 trillion deficits currently being blamed on President Barack Obama; and

    Whereas the proposed Cap, Cut and Balance Act of 2011 voted for by the U.S. House of Representatives and rejected by the U.S. Senate in July, 2011 calls for a near immediate cutting of total government expenditures by 25% across-the-board to nearly all domestic programs and agencies (i.e., Education, Veterans, Environment, IRS, FDA, Transportation, Agriculture, Justice, Social Security, Medicare, etc.) to create a cap on government expenditures to be no more than 18% of GDP – an unrealistic level not seen since before the introduction of Medicare in 1965; and

    Whereas the Rep. Paul Ryan Path to Prosperity 2012 budget proposal voted for by the U.S. House of Representatives and rejected by the U.S. Senate in May, 2011 would have not only changed Medicare as we know it into a voucher program, it would have also required raising of the federal debt ceiling by at least $4 trillion over 10-years without balancing the federal budget; and

    Whereas the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 signed into law by President Barack Obama was rejected en masse by congressional Republicans despite the fact that it preserves Medicare as we know it, while both decreasing the growth rate of national medical care costs and resulting in a decrease of projected national budget deficits by at least $210 billion over the next decade; now, therefore

    Be it Resolved by the Members of the United States Congress:
    That We, the members of the United States Congress, agree that a federal Balanced Budget Amendment and requisite change to the Constitution of the United States is nothing short of a political ploy given a 50-year history of Republicans always increasing deficit spending and never providing a reality-based balanced budget


    August 6, 2011 at 11:52 am |
  8. jean

    Thank God, "we have a human as our President!! Our brave veterns and troops,deserve this! Hold the Teaparty back ? They have no "Biz" in financial decisions of our "Great Country?? They have demonstrated that,VERY WELL!!! Save our troops,"Bring them home Mr.President. Make America Proud. Obama 2012

    August 6, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
  9. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @jean, are you another Jean soldier? If so, all I can say is You go girl! I agree with you 100%. @jean2009, Thank you for your needed wealth of accurate detailed knowledge of factual truth concerning ongoing intentional, political misinformation. You freely give it to us who have an ear to hear and an eye to read, comprehend and learn. Thanks for your every attempt to straighten out HOWARD and the rest. I know it's a hard job, but somebody has to do it. You're an avid teacher with whom haters can't reckon!

    August 6, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      Jean thinks that Social Security is a savings account. That she deposited the money and the government agreed to pay her back plus interest. Yet pressed for the facts and she caved. Just like this president, no substance.

      August 6, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  10. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Jay, Jean didn't say social security was a savings account nor does she think of it as one. She explained exactly what it was and I agree with her description of its value to the hardworking American taxpayer who pays into it. It's more like a pension insurance. You all scream all the time about 'socialism'; well it's socially paid into by the co-op of workers, who YES, are depending on that money to be there when they retire. The fed uses the money and it seems now, it can't put it back like they took it.

    August 6, 2011 at 7:11 pm |
    • jean2009

      More like what it is called a Trust Fund...or a SS Retirement Insurance Trust Fund. All employee retirees pension trusts have some pretty strict federal laws about how that money is handled...and is the same laws they have to abide by when administering the Social Security Trust Fund, The Government Employees Retirement Fund, Veteran's Pension Fund, and U.S. Railroad Retirement Benefits (RRB).

      ...and Jay I have not caved...you sure are full of baloney. The SS Trust Fund earns interest at the rate of interest earned on treasury bonds...that is exactly what has kept it solvent and paying benefits all these years.

      If you are a retiree from any business with a retiree pension plan the managers of for the retirement funds have to notify retirees when the plan falls below a specific security level. Then the trustees of that board have to work to adjust the holdings and earnings of those funds to guarantee future retiree benefits.

      This is pretty much what government operated retirement benefit plans do by law.

      Jay needs to read "How the Social Security Trust Fund Is Kept Solvent' and quit with the Rethuglilkan gloom and doom which is basically an election ploy we go through every time they are out of office...and yes big business would like to not kick in their share of the employees retirement contribution.

      US.gov Social Security website ....I would suggest reading: "What's The Return on Your Social Security Taxes" by Eric Schurenberg (Jan.10, 2011) at CBS Money Watch.

      August 6, 2011 at 8:18 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      Jean2009 said..."@Jay and the reason they send out those checks [Social Security] to me and others is because I sent them the money with the agreement that they would return it and pay interest on it when I retired. They agreed to pay me the benefit & interest for my deposit.

      In plain and simple English: The government owes me a debt ,because over my lifetime I loaned it the money to pay bills, and for that loan they promised to repay me with interest when I retired." end quote.

      Jean thinks she loaned them the money. That they have to pay it back + interest. None of these statements are true.

      August 7, 2011 at 10:20 am |
  11. Dee

    Jean and Liz I am so glad someone has the same opinion as myself Jay NC always take what you say out of context. He is so anti-Obama that he can't think straight. Sometimes I wonder if this is his sole job he is so negative and never says anything positive about this President.

    Thanks for the Bio On President Obama but in the eyes of some with this highly educated person it is not enough it is a sad day in America.

    August 6, 2011 at 8:28 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      Never say never Dee, for his birthday, the question was about his health. I said ...

      As far as aging, I would say he is dong better than most. Active, both mind and body. I do not agree with most of his policies, however he does set an example of an active healthy life. Especially after he gave up smoking. I am sure it took a lot of work.

      Happy birthday Mr. President. Too bad Marilyn Monroe is not around to help you celebrate, Democrat style.


      August 7, 2011 at 12:09 pm |
  12. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Dee; I have been arguing back and forth with Jay in NC about his hateful, scandalous, decietful opinions about PRESIDENT BARACK H OBAMA and his family for many months. No matter how educated, how politically connected, how professionally involved, how authored, how legally astute, how genuinely dedicated to doing the right thing this black man is, there are groups of people who hate that! They hate and intelligent black man, period! A black man just can't EVER be put on record as 'smarter' than a white man!

    August 7, 2011 at 10:00 pm |
  13. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Okay....Now I'm waiting to be called a racist again for my opinionated truth. Go right ahead Jay! I can take it. I know that truth is 'KING'. I look deep before I leep; and I have seen and read the writing on the wall. It's blatantly obvious, and has been proven over and over, starting waaaay before the ascension of BARACK OBAMA to the Presidency.

    August 7, 2011 at 10:08 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      Liz, I will call you a racist, for your post on August 6, 2011 at 7:47 pm. Here is the link so everyone can read it.


      You made a derogatory comment about a child. Used their racial trait, hair color, to put them down. What a bigot, how selfish, and low can you get Liz. You rant and cry about what people may or may not call your president then you go and attack children. Low, Liz, racist Liz. It is just your Liberal double standard. Hypocrite.

      August 8, 2011 at 8:44 am |
  14. Liz Carter in Georgia

    OK....Jay....Whatever you say. You are a pathetic individual, and you put forth a pitiful example of what 'conservatism' USED to be; but as a Teapartyer 'Con', you do measure up to the true ideals of what they stand for TODAY: lies, obstruction, degradation, slander, backbiting, undermining, and sabatoge. You go Jay!

    August 9, 2011 at 9:52 am |
  15. Ray

    I have a question for President obama: Will there be jobs waiting for veterans returning for over seas?

    August 29, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
  16. Ray

    this arguement between Liz and Jay is trivial and moot as well as asinine

    August 29, 2011 at 2:51 pm |