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Obama To Push For Veterans Jobs Program

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Emulating the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, the president Friday will unveil a new jobs program for the nation’s veterans, designed to rebuild roads, levees and trails on public lands.

To make the announcement, President Obama will travel across the Potomac to a fire station in Arlington, Virginia, that was one of the first to respond to the Pentagon on Nine-Eleven.

The effort is geared to those veterans who served after the attacks, a group experiencing an unemployment rate of 5 percent more than non-veterans.

The “Veterans Jobs Corps” would spend a billion dollars and put some 20-thousand veterans to work. The president will also ask for 4 billion dollars more for his COPS program and another billion for firefighter grants. How this will play with a tightfisted Congress remains to be seen.

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