Updated 03:42 AM EDT, Fri, May 14, 2021

Veterans Day 2015: Obama Plans To Do More About the Unemployment rate of Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans?

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Wednesday was the commemoration of Veterans Day, and President Barack Obama said that although his administration has improved care for veterans, he admitted that more needs to be done.

During the Veterans Day National Observance at Arlington National Cemetery, the President stressed that the holiday is not only about showing gratitude to veterans, but also serves as a reminder of how they still serve the nation, adding that the public also has a duty to them.

For the last bit, Obama said, "I am still not satisfied. We are going to keep investing in the facilities and the physicians and the staff to make sure that our veterans get the care that you need when you need it. That is our obligation, and we are not going to let up."

The Department of Veterans Affairs came under scrutiny last year after an investigation done by CNN, which revealed that a Phoenix VA center and other locations were found to have hid long wait lists for treatment of veterans. In September, it was found via a VA inspector general report that around 307,000 veterans may have died waiting in vain for VA healthcare that never arrived.

However, the most pressing matter, according to Obama, is the lack of jobs for these veterans. He stressed the unemployment rate among the vets, adding that the country has an obligation to do more to help them find jobs as well as improve the state of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

As noted by the Washington Post, Obama mentioned that for years, Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have suffered a high unemployment rate than other civilians, but the improving economy and falling jobless rates have significantly helped these vets transition into their civilian lives. The outlet mentioned that two years ago, around 10% of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans were unemployed, but today, it stands significantly less at 4.6%.

But this is not enough for the U.S. President, who stressed that more can be done by the country to help veterans. "They're exactly the kind of people we need to keep America competitive in the 21st century. That's why more and more companies are hiring veterans. Not out of charity, not out of patriotism or some moral obligation - although they do have those obligations - but because they know it's good for their bottom line," said President Obama

Of the 200,000 veterans that come home to civilian life every year, Obama urged for people to hire them, saying, "If you want to get the job done, hire a vet. They're ready to serve and they'll make you proud."

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