The President and his administration, along with the First Lady and Dr. Jill Biden, have secured commitments from private sector companies to hire unemployed veterans and worked to make sure returning servicemembers can find work when they come home. The President also took executive actions to help match veterans with potential employers, streamline the job search for returning servicemembers, and is working to provide veterans and their families better access to job training. Recently, the President announced his Veterans Jobs Corps initiative, which will put veterans back to work on a range of projects that benefit from the skills they developed in the military.
As part of the President’s plan to support American jobs, he signed into law the Returning Heroes and Wounded Warrior tax credits to encourage businesses to hire unemployed veterans and veterans with service-connected disabilities.
As a U.S. Senator, I will continue to do all I can to support servicemembers, their families, and veterans. I will work hard to help ease the return to civilian life by supporting a strong GI Bill, ensuring that veterans have top-notch health care, and taking action to create jobs. Our servicemembers and military families contribute so much to our country - we owe them the best.
The sacred trust we have with our military families is also why it is so important for our political leaders to make good decisions when it comes to our foreign policy and national security.
While taking good care of veterans is on the whole a good idea, could it be somewhat specious? Currently so many of the volunteers in the military are lured there by training, education and other benefits both real and perceived. Many if not most of these are from disadvantaged classes. Are these people being exploited or "suckered"?
Exhibit 1 in this case would be the Iraq fiasco where the military action had little to nothing to do with the often repeated rhetoric of "Defending Our Freedoms" and everything to do with promoting the interests of American "empire" and economic interests.
Is further incentivising the military option while making other options relatively less attractive or feasible for young people really the way to go? This is by no means meant to say "screw the veterans", it is just to suggest considering the issue in a broader context.