March 26, 2009

The unemployment rate for veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan is higher than the national average, according to one question asked of President Obama at a virtual town hall meeting on Thursday. Obama explained what he was going to do to help veterans get through economic hardship.

"We are increasing veterans funding by more than any time in the last 30 years. We're going to make sure that we deal with the backlog that too many veterans experience in terms of getting benefits. We're going to make sure that homeless veterans are receiving housing and services," he explained.

The President said that everyone had a role in helping veterans. "If you're a business owner, hiring a veteran, not discriminating against somebody who's a veteran, is going to be absolutely critical," said Obama. "In your communities, in your churches, in your neighborhoods, making sure that there's outreach and celebration of veterans when they come home. That's going to be critical."

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