Walz backs president’s job plan for vets

Published 5:03 pm Saturday, August 6, 2011

President Barack Obama’s initiative to help military veterans find work is landing local support.

First District Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn., said he backs the effort.

“When the brave men and women who serve our nation in uniform leave to deploy overseas, they don’t just leave behind their family and friends, often times they leave behind jobs and livelihoods as well,” Walz said in a news release. “After the sacrifices they have made, making sure that they have access to a good paying job to support their families when they return is the least we can do. I am pleased the President is focusing on ways to ensure our soldiers can find jobs and are ready for careers when they return home.”

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Obama is asking Congress to approve to help some of America’s 1 million unemployed military veterans find work, including tax credits for companies that hire out-of-work vets.

Obama’s proposal is part of a new focus on jobs after weeks discussing the debt-limit debate.

Earlier this year, Walz introduced legislation for a $2,400 tax credit for employers that hire an unemployed veteran discharged from the military in the last five years.

According to the release, Walz has worked for years to see that returning soldiers have jobs.