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Hare's Legislation to Create a Veterans' Corps Headed to President's Desk

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Hare's Legislation to Create a Veterans' Corps Headed to President's Desk

The House of Representatives today gave final approval to Congressman Phil Hare's (D-IL) legislation to create a Veterans' Corps. It was included as part of the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act.

"As more and more troops return from Iraq and Afghanistan, fulfilling our promise to them will be an even greater priority for this nation," Hare said. "The Veterans' Corps will help us recruit and mobilize veterans into service projects providing educational and economic opportunities, job training, mentoring and outreach to other veterans."

The Veterans Engaged for Tomorrow (VET) Corps Act was coauthored by Hare and Congressman John Sarbanes (D-MD). It will establish a service corps, similar to AmeriCorps or Senior Corps, for veterans by veterans.

The primary mission of the Veterans' Corps will be to recruit and mobilize veterans to serve the needs of their fellow servicemen and women. It will collaborate with Veterans Service Organizations, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and other groups to provide education, job training, and mentoring to our nation's veterans.

The Veterans' Corps will be overseen by the Corporation of National and Community Service. It would be the first of its kind.

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