Obama plan would hire vets as cops

February 3, 2012

President Barack Obama detailed measures to hire Iraq and Afghanistan veterans to restore national parks and work as police and firefighters in a bid to cut veterans’ above-average unemployment.

The announcement on Friday followed Obama’s vow in the January 24 State of the Union address to form a Veterans Job Corps to create jobs for veterans of the post-September 11 wars.

Obama proposed setting aside $1 billion to develop a conservation program that he said would put up to 20,000 veterans to work over five years rebuilding national parks or local communities.

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