Fact Sheet: helping VeteranS get Back to Work

Since taking office, President Obama has proven his commitment to strengthening our military
and supporting our veterans—from repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” to sending more veterans to school on the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill. This week, he announced new programs to help veterans get back to work, including a jobs database connecting veterans and employers and access to career counseling centers around the country. Take a by-the-numbers look at how the President has taken action to support our veterans and their families:

3 million
• Number of veterans who are currently making the transition to civilian life—with 1 million more coming home over the next five years.

• Jobs that companies, in partnership with the First Lady and Dr. Jill Biden’s Joining Forces initiative, have pledged for veterans and their spouses by 2014—including 5,000 jobs for wounded warriors.

• Number of veterans looking for work as of October 2011.

• Number of veterans who have gone to school on the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill that President Obama signed into law in 2009.

• Number of post-9/11 veterans who could benefit from the new Veteran Gold Card President Obama announced this week, to access six months of personalized counseling at 3,000 career centers nationwide.

2.3 million
• Number of veterans who would have lost VA health care in budget cuts proposed by Republicans in Congress.

• Job postings currently searchable on the new Veterans Job Bank website launched this week.

• Number of veterans previously denied care that President Obama has ensured will be eligible for VA health care by 2013.

$5,600 or $9,600
• Tax credits an employer could earn under President Obama’s American Jobs Act from hiring veterans or disabled veterans who have been unemployed for six months or longer.

To learn more about the measures the President has taken to support our military families and help our veterans get back to work, visit veterans.barackobama.com.


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