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Obama Administration Announces Initiative to Reduce Veteran Unemployment

As the 40,000 U.S. troops remaining in Iraq come home, many more Veterans will be looking for employment. The unemployment rate for Veterans who joined the military after Sept. 11, 2001 is currently at 11.7 percent, which is 2 percent higher than the national unemployment rate.

In order to bypass a Congress that has already rejected President Barack Obama’s American Jobs Act (which includes tax incentives for employers who hire unemployed Veterans), the president announced he will use executive orders to address the high unemployment rate.

One part of the plan includes giving military medics more training in order to become physician’s assistants. The second part would encourage community health centers to hire 8,000 Veterans over the next three years.

Michelle Obama and Jill Biden announced they had been successful in getting the American Logistics Association to hire 25,000 Veterans in exchange for a tax incentive. However, it is still uncertain since the Senate could block the tax incentives.

Although ALA has committed to hiring Veterans, the association actually has no power to require its companies to actually hire the Veterans.

Veterans looking for work in the civilian job market face an uphill battle. They often don’t know how to translate their military job into terms civilian employers would understand.

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