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."
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.
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.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Democrats pushing for passage of President Barack Obama's jobs plan are using a new paid television advertisement to highlight the bill's efforts to put American veterans back to work.
Timed to precede the Senate vote on a bill which would provide help for unemployed veterans, the ad features Steve Gallucci, an unemployed Iraq war veteran. Cameras follow Gallucci as he looks for work.
Washington (CNNMoney) – The Senate plans to take up a bill this week that would help unemployed veterans seeking jobs as well as federal contractors facing a new tax burden in 2013.
To ease veterans' unemployment, Congress would give employers tax credits of up to $5,600 for hiring veterans who have been unemployed longer than six months. They'd also give employers a tax credit of up to $9,600 for hiring long-unemployed disabled veterans.FULL STORY
(CNN) - President Barack Obama unveiled three executive actions Monday aimed at helping unemployed veterans secure private-sector employment, the White House's latest effort to bypass Congress with initiatives aimed at spurring economic growth.
Flanked by members of veterans associations in the Rose Garden, the president announced three new programs the White House says will reduce the time it takes a veteran to find a job. It's part of what the White has dubbed the "We Can't Wait" campaign – a series of moves Obama says he can initiate without congressional authorization.FULL STORY
Minneapolis, MN (CNN) - Speaking to vets at the American Legion convention in Minneapolis President Obama again touted his jobs plan set to be unveiled "next week."
"A plan to create jobs and reduce our deficit – a plan I want to see passed in Congress. We need to get this done," the president said.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama outlined a new initiative Friday that aims to help former members of the military find private sector jobs, part of his renewed job creation effort focusing on unemployed veterans.
In front of 300 active service members and their families at the Washington Navy Yard, the president laid out a series of reforms that his administration is pledging will better prepare service members for the civilian work force and encourage employers to hire recent veterans.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - Veterans advocacy groups have been called to the White House for a late afternoon meeting Tuesday to be briefed by Obama administration officials on the impact to veterans if Congress does not pass legislation raising the debt ceiling.
"We were notified late last night of the meeting," says David Autry, spokesman for Disabled American Veterans (DAV). Autry and several other veterans advocacy groups say a growing number of veterans are worried their disability check or other benefits could be cut or withheld if the debt ceiling crisis is not resolved.FULL STORY
(CNN) – Republican presidential candidate and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann said the White House is using military personnel as pawns in a political game surrounding the ongoing deficit reduction talks.
"Don't allow our military men and women to dangle over a fire and think they won't get paid," Bachmann said at a press conference on Capitol Hill Wednesday.