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Veterans a big part of Obama's Jobs Act

Veterans a big part of Obama's Jobs Act
President Barack Obama unveiled his $447 billion Jobs Act Monday morning. Included in the legislation are incentives for hiring veterans and wounded servicemembers.

During a speech in the Rose Garden of the White House today, President Barack Obama outlined his $447 billion Jobs Act that includes incentives not only to hire veterans, but also will provide for the training to make those veterans more marketable.

Obama delivered his remarks flanked by a group that included American Legion staff and three members of the Legion's Small Business Task Force, as well as teachers, police officers and firefighters. Under Obama's plan, which the president will send to Congress this evening, small businesses would receive a Returning Heroes Tax Credit of up to $5,600 for hiring veterans who have been unemployed six months or longer, and a Wounded Warriors Tax Credit of up to $9,600 that will increase the existing tax credit for firms that hire veterans with service-connected disabilities who have been unemployed six months or longer.

Another face of the plan is the creation of a Department of Defense-led task force to maximize the career-readiness of all servicemembers, and enhancing job search services through the Department of Labor for recently transitioning veterans.

"We've got hundreds of thousands of brave, skilled Americans who fought for this country," Obama said. "The last thing they should have to do is to fight for a job when they come home. So let's pass this bill and put the men and women who served this nation back to work."

Mark Walker, deputy director of The American Legion Economic Division, attended the event, along with Small Business Task Force members Charles Baker, Walter Cotton III and Albert Long.

"We are pleased that President Obama is trying to put Americans back to work - particularly America's veterans," Walker said. "We like the fact that this plan will invest in small businesses so they have the capital to create jobs for veterans."

Obama said he'd unveil a plan to pay for the programs in the Jobs Act next week. "The American Jobs Act is not going to add to the debt -- it's fully paid for," the president said. "I want to repeat that. It is fully paid for. It's not going to add a dime to the deficit."

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The D

September 16, 2011 - 6:34am

Right on with your comments. Our politicians are all talk and no walk. What the heck is their problem. They should pass the VA elements of the Job Acts Bill NOW, the hell with the political aspects of it. Get real!

Master Chief USN RET

September 15, 2011 - 7:13pm

Hay senior chief, Is standing on a stage with his hands holding his crotch during the presentation of colors and playing of the national anthem or questioning during his campaign why, since this is an all volunteer force, the troops did not have to carry their own insurance to pay for getting wounded in combat not considered disrespect for veterans and the flag? This man has no respect for the military short of what he thinks will get him a vote.

master chief

September 15, 2011 - 6:31pm

Hopefully most of the informed people, vets and active duty, will not fall for this ploy. This is a purely political act and has nothing to do with adding permanent jobs to the economy. Adding these "ghost" jobs will make the unemployment numbers look better just in time for the upcoming elections, but it will not foster a stronger economy. Politicians need to stay out of the jobs business and give real businessmen a chance to fix the economy.


September 15, 2011 - 4:44pm

How can the leaders of our great organization be so nieve as to believe and support anything the current President says. He has not held true to any of his promises so far and our great nation continues to go downhill financially because of it. It's a slap in the face of our Veterans to make promises that cannot and will not be kept by our government officials. I agree with others who say 'give us back our country and let the business people, not the politians, put our Veterans to work.....and they will if the government gets out of the way.

Basil Bacon

September 15, 2011 - 3:24pm

We need to form a new party. F E A (Fooled enough already) Mr obama is always quick to so elequently state what he is going to do but never exactly how. He knows very well that another stimulous bill by any name is going nowhere under any guise so he can say anything to anybody to make them feel good and that is all about votes, his only real concern. He no longer fools this veteran


September 15, 2011 - 4:39pm

Its mutts like you and the rest of the "something-for-nothing" teaparty crowd that's stifling any recovery this country may find. GW was one of our worst nighmares. Where were you when HE was screwing us? Two wars, tax breaks for people who were NEVER going to spend it on anything but BMWs and country club memberships. He and Darth Vader put us so far in a hole we'll be lucky to survive, but, all you can do is blame Obama for trying to dig us out? You remind me of crabs in a pot. When one begins to get out, all of the rest pull it back in.If you can't help,stay in the pot by yourself.


September 14, 2011 - 1:57pm

As a combat veteran I support strengthening veterans benefits. However, I do not trust anything this president says or does. He has demonstrated his disrespect of veterans and the flag on too many occassions. I can not believe our legion leadership have fallen for this political ploy to gain military and veteran support for the president who's poll numbers are falling like a rocket with due cause. The govenment needs to get out of the way so the private sector can create jobs. I agree whole heartedly with Johnbogue's post above. God help us if Obama wins a second term.


September 15, 2011 - 4:50pm

Saying that he's "demonstrated disrespect of veterans and the flag on too many occasions" doesn't make it so. You offer no examples. And, envoking deity to help us won't make it so. Try getting informed. Two draft dodgers get us into two wars,one predicated on lies, and folks like you say nothing? I will be voting for Obama AGAIN!


September 13, 2011 - 9:08pm

My name is Willie A. Taylor, I walked across America from April 3, 2010 to April 9, 2011 to Honor our Veterans and Support our Troops, I walked 4, 195 miles and I visited 149 American Legions post ever The National American Legion. I am the founder of The I Carried The Cross Foundation. The Mission is to show support for our American Veterans, our current service men and women and their families, by bring like organizations together in an easily accessible manner so our veterans may better utilize the benefits and programs, both government-sponsored and private. American job Act is a step in the right direction for both American Veterans and the general public. I am very proud of President Obama, The American Legion and All of America Veterans. I am going to do my part to make sure that All American Veterans get the full benefits of this job Act or die trying.


September 12, 2011 - 7:35pm

I am a Veteran and proud of it. I'm also very proud of our recent veterans who have served our country with distinction. However, Obama is playing a campaign ploy for his re-election by putting in a caveate for veterans knowing that his plan has little support amoung the general public. Understand, Obama wanted to withhold military and veteran paychecks while trying to coerce congress to pass a budget bill that does nothing to reduce the American debt but everything to support his union supporters. I'm ashamed that the Legion Leadership fell for and associate themselves with such a ploy. Leadership should strongly support job creation thru reducing regulations that strangle American businesses. You'll then see businesses putting people (veterans) back to work. Gov. cannot force businesses to hire if there is no expected increase in business to justify hiring. And remember this... Obama's administration officials are implimenting "no-prayer" policies at VA memorial services!

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