Speaking at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce yesterday, First Lady Michelle Obama announced a major step in White House efforts to get veterans back to work: 100,000 more jobs pledged for veterans and their spouses by 2014.
"That’s 100,000 veterans and spouses who will have the security of a paycheck and a good career. That’s thousands of families that can rest just a little bit easier every night."
The First Lady and Dr. Jill Biden’s Joining Forces initiative is working with the Military Spouse Employment Partnership and the International Franchise Association, representing 1,100 companies, to reach out to military families looking for work.
"Every week, someone new is getting involved. Every day, we’re gaining more and more momentum. And all of these commitments come on top of the steps my husband’s administration is taking at the federal level."
Those steps include the Returning Heroes and Wounded Warrior Tax Credits, elements of President Obama’s American Jobs Act that the Senate voted to pass yesterday. The credits will provide added incentives for businesses to hire unemployed and disabled veterans.
"This is about who we are as individuals and as a country,” said the First Lady. "This is about making sure that every person who wears our uniform knows that their fellow citizens have their backs.
"It’s like a wave of support stretching across the country; a wave that is washing over new people and through new communities every day."
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