Today is Veterans Day—and it's a special one.
Yesterday, the Senate passed President Obama’s jobs plan to help veterans find work after returning home. It's a huge victory for the men and women who served with honor and distinction, and in many cases put their lives on the line for us.
This wouldn't have happened without your persistence and the President's refusal to take no for an answer. That's why he insisted on Congress voting on parts of the American Jobs Act—one by one—until they finally did the right thing.
The two bills that the Senate passed yesterday, the Returning Heroes and Wounded Warrior Tax Credits, will give businesses up to $9,600 back for hiring veterans who are out of work or who have service-related disabilities. That's on top of new career resources that the President announced this week to support the more than 850,000 unemployed veterans living here at home, and more than a million more returning from Iraq and Afghanistan in the next few months and years.
One of the highest duties we share as Americans is to serve the men and women who've served us. We simply couldn't wait for these common-sense steps to help our veterans. And thanks to Democrats and Republicans in the Senate putting country before party, we won't need to.
So let's join the Senate in honoring veterans today—write a quick note to say thank you. We'll be sharing some of your words on our blog and social networks this weekend.
The fight for jobs is far from over—but yesterday proved that Congress can still come together to do the right thing when Americans demand it. So let's keep the pressure on.