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February 24, 2012

Putting returning veterans back to work

Military veterans returning from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have an employment rate of 13.1 percent compared to the non-veterans rate of 8.1 percent.

It's an embarrassment that men and women returning have trouble landing and keeping jobs in the country they defended.

A new program modeled after the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930s could put thousands of them back to work.

President Obama announced creation of the "Veterans Jobs Corps" that will employ up to 20,000 veterans.

The men and women would be tasked with restoring trails, roads and levees on public lands, often rebuilding what civilian volunteers built decades ago.

It'll cost about $1 billion to put those veterans to work.

Some employers have a program that guarantees returning veterans a job interview.

Communities that hire veterans to work as police and firefighters will be given preference in some federal grants, administration officials told the Associated Press.

The Norman (Okla.) Transcript

Published Feb. 22, 2012, in Allied News, Grove City. Pick up a copy at 201 A Erie St.

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