Snap-O Fact #96
President Obama Unveils A $5 billion Veterans Proposal To Give Them A Hand-Up Instead Of A Hand-Out!
President Barack Obama unveiled a new $5 billion veterans jobs plan Thursday 02/Feb/2012. 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 the week before, involves partnerships with the Veterans Administration and the Interior Department, as well as state and local law enforcement agencies.
Under the blueprint, the administration will award $166 million in grant money to communities that show a preference for hiring post-9/11 veterans for new law enforcement positions. In addition, $320 million in grant money will be awarded to various fire departments who pledge to hire and train ex-servicemen and women to become new members of their units. The money for those grants has already been appropriated by Congress. The president, however, will now seek an additional $4 billion in his upcoming budget to expand both programs and add others.
"This has been a top priority of mine," the President declared. "These are Americans that every business should be competing to attract. These are the Americans that we want to keep serving here at home as we rebuild this country. So we're going to do everything we can to make sure that when our troops come home they come home to new jobs and new opportunities and new ways to serve their country."