February 3rd, 2012
01:03 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama unveils $5 billion veterans jobs proposal

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama unveiled a new $5 billion veterans jobs plan Friday that the administration says will put thousands of men and women who once wore their country's uniform back to work.

The new Veterans Jobs Corps initiative, first mentioned in the president's State of the Union address last week, involves partnerships with the Veterans Administration and the Interior Department, as well as state and local law enforcement agencies.

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Filed under: President Obama • Veterans
Candidates criticize Obama at veterans forum
December 10th, 2011
07:06 PM ET
2 years ago

Candidates criticize Obama at veterans forum

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - Just hours before six presidential candidates were set to meet at a debate at Drake University, three of those candidates addressed a small crowd of roughly 50 Iowans at a candidates forum hosted by Veterans for a Strong America.

Speaking mostly about veterans' issues and national security, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania and Texas Gov. Rick Perry took turns professing their support for the armed services and criticizing President Barack Obama for his handling of international relations.
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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Michele Bachmann • Newt Gingrich • President Obama • Rick Perry • Rick Santorum • Veterans
Bachmann cancels speech at veterans forum
December 10th, 2011
04:11 PM ET
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Bachmann cancels speech at veterans forum

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) – Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann backed out of a scheduled appearance at a candidate forum sponsored by Veterans for a Strong America in Des Moines on Saturday.

Bachmann skipped the event to prepare for Saturday night's Republican presidential debate in Iowa, said her spokeswoman Alice Stewart. The candidate's husband, Marcus Bachmann, spoke in her stead.
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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Michele Bachmann • Veterans
Obama signs veterans bill into law
November 21st, 2011
02:55 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama signs veterans bill into law

(CNN) – President Obama signed legislation Monday that provides significant tax credits to businesses that hire unemployed and disabled veterans, the only measure in the president's larger jobs proposal to receive any bipartisan support.

In a signing ceremony in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, Obama offered rare praise to a Congress he has otherwise chastised for months over failure to take significant action on the nation's struggling economy.

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Filed under: President Obama • Taxes • Veterans • White House
Bill to aid unemployed veterans passes House
November 16th, 2011
06:36 PM ET
2 years ago

Bill to aid unemployed veterans passes House

Washington (CNNMoney) - The House passed a bill on Wednesday to help unemployed veterans seeking jobs as well as federal contractors facing a new tax burden in 2013.

The House voted 422 to 0 on Wednesday to pass the first and, so far, only piece of President Obama's jobs package to get out of Congress. The Senate passed the bill with 95 senators voting unanimously last week.

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Filed under: House • unemployment • Veterans
Dems say Romney wrong on vets' health care
November 16th, 2011
03:21 PM ET
2 years ago

Dems say Romney wrong on vets' health care

(CNN) - Mitt Romney's campaign is pushing back after Democrats released a Web video painting the candidate as insensitive to the health concerns of veterans.

The video, from the Democratic National Committee, hits Romney for mentioning health care vouchers as an option for veterans. The former Massachusetts governor made the comments on Veterans Day during a roundtable with vets in South Carolina.
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Filed under: 2012 • DNC • Mitt Romney • Veterans
'Vets against VA vouchers' trails Romney
November 15th, 2011
05:00 PM ET
2 years ago

'Vets against VA vouchers' trails Romney

Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) - A handful of people wearing "Vets against VA vouchers" T-shirts showed up at Mitt Romney's economic speech in Columbia to express opposition to an idea the GOP presidential candidate has floated about privatizing health care for military veterans.

The former Massachusetts governor was speaking about jobs and labor policy at Colite International after he toured the corporate and retail sign manufacturing business. Ann Romney joined her husband onstage and delivered brief remarks.
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Veterans
White House and GOP advocate jobs relief for unemployed veterans
November 12th, 2011
06:00 AM ET
2 years ago

White House and GOP advocate jobs relief for unemployed veterans

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama said Saturday it was an "American responsibility" to improve the dismal jobs landscape facing veterans when they return from duty.

"Today, more than 850,000 veterans remain unemployed. And too many are struggling to find a job worthy of their talents and experience," the president said in his weekly address, delivered from the Navy aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, currently at port in San Diego. "As part of the American Jobs Act, I called on Congress to pass a Returning Heroes Tax Credit, which would give businesses a tax break for each unemployed veteran they hire."
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Filed under: GOP • President Obama • Veterans
Perry seeks support as he remembers vets
November 11th, 2011
08:13 PM ET
2 years ago

Perry seeks support as he remembers vets

Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) - Ditching a blazer for a bomber jacket, suit pants for Wrangler jeans, Texas Gov. Rick Perry exuded confidence working a Veterans Day parade in Columbia Friday.

The presidential candidate, who's been in damage control mode ever since he drew a blank and uttered "oops" at the Wednesday debate, is showing no sign of succumbing to the campaign obituary storyline.
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Filed under: 2012 • Rick Perry • Veterans
Senate passes jobs bill to help veterans
November 10th, 2011
03:16 PM ET
2 years ago

Senate passes jobs bill to help veterans

Washington (CNNMoney) - Heading into Veterans Day, the Senate unanimously passed a bill to help unemployed veterans seeking jobs as well as federal contractors facing a new tax burden in 2013.

The Senate voted 95-to-0 to pass the first and so far only piece of President Obama's jobs package to get out of the chamber. The House is expected to take up the bill and pass it next week.

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Filed under: Senate • Veterans
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