Obama explains plan to financially help veterans

By David Edwards
Thursday, March 26, 2009 13:22 EDT
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The unemployment rate for veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan is higher than the national average, according to one question asked of President Obama at a virtual town hall meeting on Thursday. Obama explained what he was going to do to help veterans get through economic hardship.

“We are increasing veterans funding by more than any time in the last 30 years. We’re going to make sure that we deal with the backlog that too many veterans experience in terms of getting benefits. We’re going to make sure that homeless veterans are receiving housing and services,” he explained.

The President said that everyone had a role in helping veterans. “If you’re a business owner, hiring a veteran, not discriminating against somebody who’s a veteran, is going to be absolutely critical,” said Obama. “In your communities, in your churches, in your neighborhoods, making sure that there’s outreach and celebration of veterans when they come home. That’s going to be critical.”

This video is from CNN’s Newsroom, broadcast Mar. 26, 2009.

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David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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