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Obama Promises Vet Support in Speech

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President Barack Obama vowed Tuesday to not shoulder the burden of meeting the nation’s fiscal challenges onto veterans.

AFPS reports Obama made the remarks during a speech at the American Legion National Convention in Minneapolis.

The Veterans Affairs Department has received budget increases since Obama took office in Jan. 2009.

The president promised to maintain the VA’s programs, emphasizing programs for wounded soldiers and veterans who have served since 9/11.

“We cannot, and we must not, and we will not balance the budget on the backs of our veterans,” Obama said. “As commander in chief, I won’t allow it.”

Earlier this month, Obama announced a series of jobs initiatives targeted at veterans, including tax credits for hiring veterans and “reverse boot camps” to train soldiers in returning to civilian jobs.

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  1. The Congress and the DoD can eliminate many of these veteran hiring issues and save billions of dollars on education costs by certifying DoD course graduation through the corresponding civilian agency. For example, an officer that completes a helicopter pilot certification course should be given an FAA license. A medic with an EMS equivalent certification in the DoD should be granted the commensurate certification with the relevant civilian agency. This will eliminate the duplication of time and effort on the part of the individual and the Department of Veteran Affairs. It can also serve as measures of effectiveness, readiness and evaluation by DoD leadership to monitor the certification rates within units. Its a win-win solution.

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