President To Promote Help For Unemployed Vets

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Many veterans return from serving their country overseas only to find themselves flailing in the job market.

President Obama is promoting new ways to help veterans find jobs in a tough economy, and plans to meet Monday with leading veterans' groups to discuss steps to make navigating the job market easier.

About 12 percent of post-9/11 veterans are unemployed, higher than the national average of 9 percent. Veterans advocates say fears among employers about redeployment and mental health issues, as well as the difficulty many soldiers have in translating skills honed in the military to a civilian setting, play a role in veterans' employment struggles.

With deployment in Iraq concluding in less than two months, and the Afghanistan War beginning to wind down, unemployment among veterans could become a much more urgent issues as more and more servicemembers are brought home for good.

A "Veteran Gold Card," which would allow for six months of personalized career counseling and case management, and a jobs bank that lists openings from companies looking to hire veterans are a couple of ideas the president is expected to announce Monday.

Obama is also pressing Congress to approve tax credits for businesses to hire former members of the military.

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