When I returned from my deployment with the Marines, so many others in my company came home to no job and an uncertain future. We are fortunate that some jobs are being created, but the unemployment rate for veterans is still more than 25 percent higher than the national average.
Our veterans should never come home--after dedicating themselves to making America stronger--to face an uncertain future where they are struggling to make ends meet.
As commander in chief, President Obama is honoring our veterans by putting forward parts of the American Jobs Act that would provide tax credits to businesses that hire unemployed and disabled veterans and expand job training for those newly back from war.
Yesterday the Senate approved legislation that gives incentives for businesses to hire returning veterans. The House will be voting next week.
In addition, President Obama is taking action now by implementing three programs that will help veterans transition into the civilian world and find employment. These are:
Veteran Gold Card: Effective today, post-9/11 veterans will be able to download the Veteran Gold Card, which entitles them to enhanced services including six months of personalized case management, assessments and counseling, at the roughly 3,000 One-Stop Career Centers located across the country. This could help serve the more than 200,000 unemployed post-9/11 veterans.
My Next Move for Veterans: The Department of Labor is launching My Next Move for Veterans, a new online resource that allows veterans to enter their military occupation code and discover civilian occupations for which they are well qualified. The site will also include information about salaries, apprenticeships, and other related education and training programs.
Creating a Veterans Job Bank: The Obama Administration is launching the Veterans Jobs Bank, an easy to use tool to help veterans find job postings from companies looking to hire them. It already searches over 500,000 job postings and is growing every day. In a few easy steps, companies can make sure the job postings on their own websites are part of the veterans jobs bank.