The jobless rate for veterans is 6.3 percent, but for veterans who have served since 9/11, the jobless rate is 12.1 percent. What does President Obama propose to do to help Veterans. Bloomberg reports that:
Obama said he will continue to support the Post-9/11 GI bill, which provides financial support for education to individuals who served after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. The program Joining Forces, headed by first lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, the vice president’s wife, has helped to hire or train 125,000 veterans and military spouses, Obama said.
Many Veterans Day speeches are all words and no action. Mark C. Russell of the Huffington Post gives a call to action:
the single best way for national leaders to genuinely honor the sacrifices of veterans and their families on November 11, 2012 is to step up and end the cycle of mental health crises that have plagued American society since 1919 — by investigating and eliminating the reasons why well-documented psychiatric lessons of war have repetitively been ignored with similarly tragic, yet entirely predictable, outcomes