(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.
Washington (CNN) - With suicide and unemployment on the rise among servicemen and servicewomen, U.S. Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Chiarelli outlined steps the country can take to combat the issues.
In the two and a half years since Chiarelli became vice chair, he has seen a dramatic rise in those soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries, jumping from 30 percent of the wounded population or 3,400 individuals, to 8,500 servicemen and servicewomen or 65 percent of the population.
Washington (CNN) - Holly Petraeus, the wife of the top U.S. general in Afghanistan, is getting a high profile role of her own. Thursday she will be named to a key position in the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, according to a source who would not speak for attribution because the announcement has yet to be made.
Petraeus, a longtime advocate for military families, will be named to head the Office for Service Member Affairs, tasked with protecting military families from abusive lending practices.FULL STORY
(CNN) – U.S. President Barack Obama paid tribute Thursday to American troops who 60 years ago fought a Communist regime that he said continues to be a provocative threat to peace in the region.
Speaking on Veterans Day at the U.S. Army garrison in Yongsan, South Korea, the president drew parallels between America's ally and North Korea.