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Veterans, the return of Afghanistan and Iraq find a job it hard, and a new initiative of the White House Friday and one proposal for a Congress fix this fall to get.

barack_obama_military_flags.jpgCarolyn Kaster, the associated PressPresident Barack Obama arrives at the Washington Navy Yard on Friday about efforts to prepare the workforce of the veterans to speak.

In Louisiana, Jindal Administration said that to help forward it with a program, that company started by veterans for State contracts qualify.

According to federal data, the unemployment rate for the return of post-9/11 veterans is 13.3 per cent, 4 points higher than the national average. With more troop the military expected excerpts in the Iraq and Afghanistan one million soldiers back into civilian life until 2016.

President Barack Obama, appear on the Washington Navy Yard Friday, proposed "return Heroes" and "wounded warriors" tax credits for companies that hire unemployed veterans. He wants the tax credits between $2,400 and $4800, with the higher amounts reserved for the employment of long-term unemployed and up to $9,600 for companies to hire veterans with disabilities service connected.

Skills for civilian world

In his speech Obama mentioned two veterans, who had a hard time of looking for a job: Medic of the bronze star after saving the life of the French soldier and 42 people help Nick Colgin, fight against escape from a flooding River and Maria Canales, which dealt with the financial books of their unity in the Iraq.

"If you can save a life in Afghanistan, you can save a life in an ambulance in Wyoming," said Obama. "If you can track millions of dollars in assets in the Iraq, you can help his books here at home make up for a company."

Obama challenged companies hire or train 100,000 unemployed veterans and their spouses by end of 2013.

Humana, one of which is Louisiana's largest health care provider, announced that it will hire 1,000 veterans. Humana CEO Mike McCallister said that the company will contribute one million dollars in the next two years for the schools, including LSU in Baton Rouge run entrepreneurial initiative boot camp for veterans with disabilities, with a number of companies.

Senator Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Patty Murray, D Washington, said that a problem to address bipartisan legislation hopes due considered in this autumn is designed to help veterans who transferred their military capabilities in the civilian economy. Murray CITES such as paramedics, to treat battlefield wounds, but may not certify, as emergency medical technicians, and military trucks drivers, for a commercial driver's license do not qualify.

The growing problem of military and Veterans suicides occurred Murray several Senate colleagues in issues of the National Governors Association to help the State 50 Governors suicides to the Centers for disease control and prevention report convince veterans.

Lane Carson's, Secretary of Louisiana's Department of Veterans Affairs, a-Dur and deeply disturbing problem called military suicides, promised cooperation with the Senators request. He said that the Governor is the legislative questions, at its next meeting law to create a driver's license, the veterans, allow for the police and report suicides by former soldiers identified coroners to adopt.

Carson said, that the State also to their program of veteran during a National Veterans Small Business Conference and Expo in New Orleans from Aug. 15-18 qualify help State-owned companies for State contracts to promote.

Suicide rate

According to the Centers for disease control and prevention, approximately 6,400 veterans kill every year. But Murray said that the actual number is difficult, because responding police and coroners have often no information about the Veterans Service.

Under the active-duty personnel increases the suicide rate. There have been 301 suicides reported by the army in 2010 to 24 percent from the year.

"One of the main obstacles for the understanding of veteran suicide is the lack of available information regarding those persons", said Murray and three other senators in this writing. "In many cases, Department of Veterans Affairs does not even know that a veteran has died, if that person not in VA health care is registered."

Veterans who are suicidal can call a veterans hotline at 1 800 273. 8255 and press option 1.

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