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Tuesday
Oct252011

Obama Takes Executive Action to Help Veterans Find Work

File photo. (The White House)(WASHINGTON) -- A day after unveiling his “We Can’t Wait” campaign, President Obama sidestepped Congress again, and announced another executive action intended to spur job growth. This measure is reportedly aimed at getting veterans back on the job.

The White House on Tuesday announced new initiatives urging Community Health Centers to hire 8,000 veterans, approximately one veteran per health center, in the next three years and expand opportunities for veterans to become physician assistants.

It should be noted that White House officials said they could not estimate how many jobs will be created through these programs.

“I think all Americans can agree that veterans shouldn’t have to fight for a job once they’ve come home from the fight overseas,” Matt Flavin, director of the Veterans, Military Families and Wounded Warrior Task Force, told reporters. “But we’ve seen from the unemployment numbers, especially for post-9/11 veterans, that the case is too many of our veterans are having to have that fight.”

The new orders are yet another step in the president’s plan to take executive action on his own to boost the economy without the need for congressional approval. Obama announced Monday a new housing plan to help homeowners refinance their mortgages and avoid foreclosure, and he's expected Wednesday to outline new rules for repaying student loans.

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, however, said Republicans have already taken action to help veterans. Earlier this month, the House passed the Veterans Opportunity to Work Act, which would provide education and training benefits for service members. The legislation, which was passed with bipartisan support in the House, is pending in the Democrat-controlled Senate.

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