Dems push jobs bill by focusing on veterans
November 8th, 2011
04:19 PM ET
2 years ago

Dems push jobs bill by focusing on veterans

(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.
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Filed under: DNC • Veterans
Senate to vote on helping veterans, contractors
November 7th, 2011
02:47 PM ET
2 years ago

Senate to vote on helping veterans, contractors

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.

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Filed under: Congress • Senate • Veterans
Bypassing Congress, Obama unveils latest jobs push for veterans
November 7th, 2011
12:17 PM ET
2 years ago

Bypassing Congress, Obama unveils latest jobs push for veterans

(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.

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Filed under: Congress • President Obama • Veterans
Obama tells vets jobs must be created 'faster'
August 30th, 2011
02:36 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama tells vets jobs must be created 'faster'

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.

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Filed under: Economy • President Obama • Veterans
Helping veterans find civilian jobs is focus of new Obama initiative
August 5th, 2011
12:10 PM ET
3 years ago

Helping veterans find civilian jobs is focus of new Obama initiative

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.

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Filed under: Jobs • President Obama • Veterans
Veterans groups summoned to White House on debt ceiling impact
President Barack Obama greets members of the U.S. military at the White House in Washington, DC, May 4, 2011.
July 26th, 2011
11:24 AM ET
3 years ago

Veterans groups summoned to White House on debt ceiling impact

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.

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Filed under: President Obama • Veterans • White House
Bachmann blasts Obama on debt talks
July 13th, 2011
01:59 PM ET
3 years ago

Bachmann blasts Obama on debt talks

(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.
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Filed under: Congress • Debt • Deficit • Michele Bachmann • President Obama • Veterans
Veterans need jobs, better health care, leading military official says
May 29th, 2011
04:41 PM ET
3 years ago

Veterans need jobs, better health care, leading military official says

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.
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Filed under: Patty Murray • TV-State of the Union • Veterans
Wife of Gen. Petraeus to be appointed consumer advocate, source says
January 6th, 2011
08:09 AM ET
3 years ago

Wife of Gen. Petraeus to be appointed consumer advocate, source says

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.

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Filed under: David Petraeus • Veterans
November 10th, 2010
09:13 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama pays tribute to Americans who have served in S. Korea

(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.
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Filed under: President Obama • Veterans
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