President Obama has had an ongoing focus on helping veterans and their families. In his State of the Union remarks last week President Obama announced his plan for American Jobs Act to spur police and firefighter hiring in 2012. This action as well as a plan patterned on FDR’s Civilian Conservation Corps are targeted towards helping veterans. Today the details will be revealed 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.”
According to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar the Civilian Conservation Corps – established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt during the Depression to put hundreds of thousands of the unemployed to work on projects in government parks and lands – serves as a “very good indicator” of what the administration hopes to accomplish with the Veterans Job Corps.
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Read the White House press statement “President Obama’s Plan to Put Veterans Back to Work” here: http://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room