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    Obama to announce Veterans Job Corps

    President Obama plans to announce details Friday for a $1 billion Veterans Job Corps that the White House says will put up to 20,000 veterans to work over the next five years on projects to preserve and restore national parks and other federal, state and local lands.

    Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki on Thursday described the program as “a bold new effort” to lower the high unemployment rate for post-Sept. 11 military veterans, which stood at 13.1 percent in December. The government estimates that 250,000 post-Sept. 11 veterans are unemployed.
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    This sounds like a wonderful idea to me. What do you think?

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    every guy or gal getting out of the military is told at TAPS that they rate 6 months of unemployment even if they (like the vast majority of them) are going to school, and that they need to make sure they apply for it. this significantly tilts our "unemployed veteran" numbers upwards. I don't know a single buddy of mine who got out who has been unable to find work.


    we are currently cutting weapons and gear. but we have a bunch of money to stand this up?

    priorities = backwards. the military is for killing people and breaking things. it is neither a jobs program, nor a green energy unicorn slush fund.

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    Re: Obama to announce Veterans Job Corps

    Quote Originally Posted by Frolicking Dinosaurs View Post
    Obama to announce Veterans Job Corps - The Federal Eye - The Washington Post

    This sounds like a wonderful idea to me. What do you think?

    Sounds like a great idea to me. The VETS deserve jobs. We also need a National program that builds jobs. That is why I don't understand why Renewable Energy implementations at a local level are not a priority. Build jobs, build infrastructure, improve economies, reduce pollution, with no apparent downsides, except for cutting Big Energy out of the money loop.

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    Re: Obama to announce Veterans Job Corps

    Quote Originally Posted by Frolicking Dinosaurs View Post
    Obama to announce Veterans Job Corps - The Federal Eye - The Washington Post

    This sounds like a wonderful idea to me. What do you think?
    It has precedent. It makes sense. I'm all for it.
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    Re: Obama to announce Veterans Job Corps

    i've only read cursory information on the program... and I left with the feeling that the jobs to be made available are of the unskilled labor sort.
    hard to get excited about a veteran jobs program that will primarily entail a man/woman... and a shovel.

    some will take the job to put a few bucks in their pocket... many will feel that doing nothing on unemployment will be better than running a shovel all day... and the majority will just move on to find jobs more fitting to the skill sets they acquired while in the military.

    overall, I think the program is geared more towards election politics than anything else.... I give it a "meh"

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    Re: Obama to announce Veterans Job Corps

    This is what a President should be doing!!!!!

    The following was contained in his State if the Union address:

    "Already, the Obama Administration has helped 600,000 veterans and their family members go back to school on the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill and hired more than 120,000 veterans to serve in the federal government. First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden have worked with the private sector to secure a pledge from businesses to hire 135,000. And President Obama worked with Congress last fall to pass two new tax credits for companies that put veterans to work."

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    Re: Obama to announce Veterans Job Corps

    So...the government will tax everyone another billion a year (every year) to add 20,000 new jobs for vets that the government couldnt afford previously in an election year effort to boost popularity. At 50,000 a year per job, we could employ EVERYONE. And all we have to do is dump the debt from those programs on future generations.

    The lid is off the jar, baby...its election time! Yes!!!

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    Re: Obama to announce Veterans Job Corps

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post



    every guy or gal getting out of the military is told at TAPS that they rate 6 months of unemployment even if they (like the vast majority of them) are going to school, and that they need to make sure they apply for it. this significantly tilts our "unemployed veteran" numbers upwards. I don't know a single buddy of mine who got out who has been unable to find work.


    we are currently cutting weapons and gear. but we have a bunch of money to stand this up?

    priorities = backwards. the military is for killing people and breaking things. it is neither a jobs program, nor a green energy unicorn slush fund.
    Man if someone had told me the military had unicorns I would have signed up!
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    Re: Obama to announce Veterans Job Corps

    1 billion? No thanks, as usual with our President, almost every solution he proposes to fix a supposed problem is a chunk of taxpayer money and more federal intervention.

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    Re: Obama to announce Veterans Job Corps

    I think it's important to the debate to include the fact that the veteran unemployment rate( 7.5) is lower than the national average (8.3)

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