Friday, November 11, 2011
This Veterans Day
Here's something that makes this Veterans Day great.
Yesterday, the Senate passed a critical piece of the President's jobs plan: two provisions to help get veterans back to work. They're called the Returning Heroes and Wounded Warrior Tax Credits, and they help provide jobs to veterans by giving tax credits to businesses that hire disabled or unemployed vets.
With 850,000 veterans currently unemployed and more than a million returning from Iraq and Afghanistan over the next 5 years as we continue to bring troops home, making sure they can find work has got to be a priority. The President made it one.
And the plan that passed yesterday is an important first step.
It wouldn't have happened without supporters like you talking with neighbors, calling and tweeting your representatives, and doing everything you can to keep the pressure on Congress to pass the President's jobs plan. You spoke out loud and clear, and finally, the Senate listened.
In honor of Veterans Day, we're collecting messages of support to thank our servicemen and women for putting their lives on the line for our country every day.
You can send a note here -- and the Obama campaign will be sharing some publicly all weekend long.
The fight for jobs is far from over. So far, Congress has refused to pass similar provisions for teachers, cops, and firefighters -- with every Senate Republican standing in the way.
The passage of this veterans bill is just one of the many examples of what can happen when a group of people come together and fight for what they know is the right thing to do.
Thank you for keeping the pressure on. We'll be in touch soon with more ways to help keep Congress focused on doing its job.
But for now, happy Veterans Day.
Democratic National Committee
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