Plan to Help Vets Find Work After War
Colorado senator leads effort
- Duration 2:55
- Date Dec 27, 2011
Colorado senator leads effort
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-- leonidas by now Occupy Wall Street they made their -- criticizing the 1%.
But there's another 1%.
Who could really use some serious help America's best friends they make up 1% of our population and -- -- quarter.
Of our homeless.
And now one -- is looking to make sure that the people who -- their lives on the line for our freedom.
They can at least at the very least come home and land a job.
Yes you know as live course in Denver with more so a -- of what is this idea.
I -- this is of bill that's been introduced by senator Michael Bennet of Colorado and if past.
It will help veterans returning from -- Iraq and Afghanistan find a job because.
Even though the members of our military do make up 1% of our population.
They're unemployment rate is also much higher than the national average the -- being proposed by senator Bennett addresses that problem.
With the creation of a national veterans foundation.
Senator Bennett says it would be similar to our national parks foundation and would provide -- -- to communities to get the public and private sector working.
Together and -- in essence a clearinghouse for jobs and assistance.
The idea -- really came from the vets themselves who were saying that we know better than anybody else.
That there are plenty of people that -- -- help corvettes but we're not very well coordinated.
And we would like.
Structures that don't reinvent the wheel here but would allow us to coordinate ourselves better and that's what we're gonna try to do that the federal level.
-- you can imagine when this was announced there -- surprises something like this wasn't already on the books but with -- hand over in Iraq it's become much more urgent back to you the senator we heard him talk about not reinventing the will is there a model in place already to base this on.
There is there's a fairly new program in Colorado Springs that the bill has been modeled after now that city is home.
25 major military installations and they have launched their what's called the network of care.
For veterans organizers say it will help those returning to not only find employment but other services as well Charlotte -- -- husband served four deployments in Iraq.
He's going to have a -- of looking for a job and want to fill.
That Arafat I have worked with him referred him to -- an accurate picture site because.
They're filming information there for him to -- and to help him to do you remember or.
To compete -- I think he can get things done and let's look at this site because there's always got on -- it's updating.
Now that's more of a test case in Colorado Springs it is a work in progress for the senators' offices watching closely back here let's have this works -- making up one quarter of our homeless are veterans is unacceptable.
At least -- -- thank you very much.