Veterans Jobs Package Passes Senate, Now in the House

Image courtesy of the Bay Pines VA website.

Almost a quarter million veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan are out of work. A Senate bill passed just in time for Veterans Day would provide tax breaks of up to $9,600 to private employers who hire them.It’s now up to the House.

Scott Horsley, White House correspondent for National Public Radio, writes that the tax credits are the first sliver of President Obama’s $447 billion jobs package to actually win bipartisan approval in the Senate. Obama says service members who fought for their country shouldn’t have to fight for jobs when they come home.

Employment chances for returning veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan also was the topic of a conversation between Veteran Affairs Secretary Gen. Eric Shinseki and Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep.

Returning Florida National Guardsmen have an unemployment rate among recently returned soldiers of more like 16 percent, according to the Florida Army National Guard. And wounded veterans have a nationwide unemployment rate over 40 percent according to a Florida Sun Sentinel article which also finds veterans skeptical that the Veterans Jobs Package will help.

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