Obama’s Weekly Address: Honor America’s Veterans

Speaking from the USS Carl Vinson on Veterans Day, President Obama called on Americans to honor the service and sacrifice of the nation’s troops and touted his administration’s efforts to help unemployed veterans get back to work.

“Just as you fought for us, we’re going to keep fighting for you – for more jobs, for more security, for the opportunity to keep your families strong and America competitive in the 21st century,” the president said in his weekly address.

Obama traveled to San Diego Friday for the “Carrier Classic” college basketball game aboard the ship that buried Osama bin Laden at sea.

“This is one of the biggest ships in the Navy, and on Friday it was home to one of the most unique college basketball games I’ve ever seen,” Obama said.

The UNC Tar Heels beat Michigan State 67-55 in the first-of-its-kind Veterans Day celebration. While the game was an opportunity to recognize and support American service members, the president noted that “the challenges don’t end when they take off the uniform.”

“Today, more than 850,000 veterans remain unemployed.  And too many are struggling to find a job worthy of their talents and experience,” Obama said.

The president said he was “pleased to see the Senate put partisanship aside and come together” to pass the portion of his jobs bill that will provide tax credits for companies hiring veterans. The move by the Senate Thursday marked the first time a portion of the president’s $447 billion American Jobs Act gained approval.

“After all, standing up for our veterans isn’t a Democratic responsibility or a Republican responsibility – it’s an American responsibility.  It’s one that all of us have an obligation to meet.  And the House should pass this bill as soon as possible so I can sign it into law,” Obama said.

“As commander-in-chief, I want every veteran to know that America will always honor your service and your sacrifice – not just today, but every day,” the president added.

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