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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