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Employing America's Veterans


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As the top Democrat on the House Veterans Affairs Committee, I was pleased to hear President Obama's announcement last month of new initiatives to help veterans secure employment in the civilian workforce after their service.

The unemployment rate for veterans returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is a staggering 13.3 percent -- that is unacceptable. We as a country can and should do more to make sure our veterans are receiving the support they deserve as they transition from the military to the civilian workforce.

I'm pleased to see the President taking up the cause of making sure those who so faithfully served our country are given the opportunity to succeed.

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