Obama’s Weekly Address: Honoring America’s Veterans

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1  Updated at 4:02 am, November 9th, 2013 By: ABC Digital
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Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — In his weekly address, President Obama honors Veterans’ Day by thanking the men and women who have worn the nation’s uniform for their service and sacrifice.
Read the full transcript of the president’s address:
“Hello everyone.  Veterans’ Day Weekend is a chance for all of us to say two simple words: ‘Thank you.’  Thank you to that greatest generation who fought island by island across the Pacific, and freed millions from fascism in Europe.  Thank you to the heroes who risked everything through the bitter cold of Korea and the stifling heat of Vietnam.  And thank you to all the heroes who have served since, most recently our 9/11 Generation of veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan.
“Now that more of them are coming home, we need to serve them as well as they served us.  That requires more than a simple “thank you” – especially from those of us who’ve been elected to serve.
“I’ve often said that my top priority is growing the economy, creating new jobs, and restoring middle-class security.  And a very important part of that is making sure that every veteran has every chance to share in the opportunity he or she has helped defend.  In addition to the care and benefits they’ve earned – including good mental health care to stay strong – that means a good job, a good education, and a home to call their own.
“If you fight for your country overseas, you should never have to fight for a job when you come home.  I’ve made sure the federal government leads by example, and since I took office, we’ve hired about 300,000 veterans to keep serving their country.  Our new transition assistance program is helping veterans and their spouses find that new job and plan their career.  And I’m going to keep calling on Congress to do the right thing and pass the Veterans Jobs Corps.  Put our veterans to work rebuilding America.
“Our troops gain unmatched skills while serving in harm’s way.  So we’re also doing everything we can to connect more businesses with highly-skilled veterans.  More help with job searches.  More tools to connect veterans to job openings.  More chances to earn licenses and credentials for civilian jobs.  And new tax credits for companies that hire veterans and wounded warriors – tax credits which Congress should make permanent.
“And America’s businesses have worked with Michelle and Jill Biden’s Joining Forces campaign to help returning heroes find jobs in the private sector.  They’ve already hired or trained 290,000 veterans and military spouses, and they’ve committed to hiring over 400,000 more.
“We’re also committed to giving today’s veterans and their families the same shot at a great education this country gave my grandfather when he came home from World War II.  We’re helping more of them earn their degrees under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.  We’ve worked with thousands of schools across the country to set new standards to protect against dishonest recruiting and predatory lending practices that target our veterans.  And we’re helping hundreds of community colleges and universities do more to welcome and encourage our veterans on campus.
“Thanks to these efforts, and the efforts of the private sector, we’ve made progress getting our vets back to work.  But we’ve got a lot more to do.  And as more than a million of our troops return to civilian life, we’re going to have to work even harder.  Because the skill, dedication, and courage of our troops is unmatched – and when they come home, we all benefit from their efforts to build a stronger America and a brighter future for our kids.
“So to all our veterans, on behalf our entire nation, thank you for everything you’ve done and will continue to do for our country.  As your Commander-in-Chief, I’m proud of your service, and grateful for your sacrifice.  And as long as I’m your President, I will make it my mission to make sure that America has your back, not just on one day or one weekend, but 365 days a year.
“Thanks.  God bless you, and have a great weekend.”

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    saying one thing then doing something else like firing near 200 of our nations top commanders, against forcing his homosexual manifesto on our forces, causing a spike in suicides, among military personnel, mostly white/hispanic/christian, now forced to share facilities with phychiatric ill people who suffer a 97 % STD rate higher than our normal military forces, will now be serving chow dribbling over the food with their body fluids, etc etc. Its insane to allow sodomists in the military, these people need help. and should be isolated from our military personnel, and youth, receiving the mental help they need to rejoin society, not encouraged as if it were normal. Imagine the ages old marriage, between a man and woman for procreation of our species to even be considered in the realm of homosexuality is absolute lunacy

    Its on a parallel with the new start of hiring affirmative action personnel in the officer ranks (NOT ENLISTED).

    he says one thing and does another, since he was empowered by the ACORN architecture to create massive election frauds to overwhelm our investigative resources, thus gaining power by blantant fraud, with an attorney who absolutely refuses to authorize investigation and prosecution of the inner city welfare voting clan, all america are aware of—when mentioned on the internet the normal black response is ” Get Over It ” as if there is nothing we can do about the corruption in the highest office in the land, which ignores the constitution, appointing several hundred mini czars, to destroy our economy, military, NASA, Defense industries etc etc etc, while sitting back watching the federal reserve loot our treasury to the tune of more than 30,000 dollars for each and every person in the USA in 5 years.

    Its almost unbelievable to see our nation going down the tubes because of willful actions in the political arena which began with madam president