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Obama Outlines Veterans Jobs Program

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U.S. President Barack Obama makes remarks on the economy at Fire Station #5 February 3, 2012 in Arlington, Virginia.

President Obama previewed his plan to help U.S. veterans get back to work in his State of the Union address, but now he’s outlined a new program that, if passed, would help war vets get jobs working for the federal government. He will also reissue a request for $5 billion in his 2013 budget to encourage local law enforcement agencies and fire departments to hire military veterans who have served since the September 11 attacks. “They’ve already risked their lives defending America. They should have the opportunity to rebuild America,” the president said.