February 03, 2012
Veterans Praise President's Veterans Job Corps
WASHINGTON, DC - A group representing and mobilizing military veterans is praising the announcement by President Obama that he will seek funds for the creation of a Veterans Job Corps. Announced in principle during the State of the Union, the President today explained that the Civilian Conservation Corps that operated during the 1930s could be viewed as a model for what the administration will try to accomplish through its "Veterans Jobs Corps." He said that the administration will propose spending $1 billion that would be used to put an estimated 20,000 veterans to work restoring public lands.
"With the unemployment rate among Iraq and Afghanistan veterans still high, and the unemployment among those veterans ages 18-24 above 30 percent, this is a desperately needed move," said Jon Soltz, Iraq War Veteran, and Chairman of the Vet Voice Foundation. "But it is the way the President will put veterans back to work that is particularly exciting. The restoration of public lands is something near and dear to the hearts of many veterans. These are the lands that so many of our troops rely on when they come home from war, to find peace and heal. They are the lands we use to camp, hunt, and fish. We stand in the tradition of another great soldier, Teddy Roosevelt, in standing ready to protect and restore these public lands."
The Vet Voice Foundation has been deeply involved in the protection of public lands, particularly those lands in the west, including combating efforts to mine and drill there, as well as advocating for greater protection of them through national monument designations.
More information on the Vet Voice Foundation can be found at www.vetvoicefoundation.org
Founded in 2009, the mission of Vet Voice Foundation is to mobilize veterans to become leaders in our nation's democracy through participation in the civic and democratic process. VVF seeks to harness the energy and drive of the dedicated men and women who have fought for their country, and put it to work at home and in their communities on the important issues they face, such as health care, jobs, the environment, and housing.