Create a veterans job corps
"I want to create a veterans job corps, so we can put our returning heroes back to work as cops and firefighters in communities that need them."
Congress isn't going for Obama's veterans job corps plan
Updated: Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013 | By Caroline Houck
During his first term, President Obama proposed a $1 billion Veterans Job Corps that would have employed veterans on federal public lands projects and provided employment training.
While campaigning in the summer of 2012 he echoed those promises, but the effort died in the Senate before the November elections even occurred.
A similar bill had also been proposed in the House, but was referred to committee and died.
Obama has continued to promote veteran employment through other means, including the creation of a tax credit for employers who hire veterans, online jobs banks and employment counseling. He's also challenged companies to hire veterans through the Joining Forces initiative.
Despite these successes, Obama has made no subsequent attempt to create a program to employ veterans in public conservation work or in police and fire departments.
The most recent congressional incarnation of this proposal — the Veterans Conservation Corps Act of 2013, proposed by Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla. — was introduced last month but is still in committee.
By and large, Obama has upheld his campaign promises to veterans, but the creation of a job corps is one pledge that seems unlikely to be fulfilled any time soon. We rate this promise Stalled.
Los Angeles Times, "Republicans shelve Obama"s proposed Veterans Job Corps,” Sept. 19, 2012
Washington Post, "Bill to create Veterans Job Corps fails to advance,” Sept. 19, 2012
CBS News, "Obama signs bipartisan jobs bill for veterans,” July 10, 2012
The White House Blog, "First Lady Michelle Obama announces new hiring commitments for veterans and military spouses,” April 30, 2013
Govtrack.us, "S. 3457 (112th) Veterans Job Corps Act of 2012,” accessed July 19, 2013.
Govtrack.us, "H.R. 6563 (112th) Veterans Job Corps Act of 2012,” accessed July 19, 2013.
Email interview with Ryan Brown, press secretary of Sen. Bill Nelson, July 22, 2013
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