Mittwoch, 21. März 2012

A National Day of Honor Iraq Timeline | The White House

A National Day of Honor Iraq Timeline | The White House


Yesterday, the President issued a proclamation regarding a National Day of Honor, recognizing the service and sacrifice of the brave men and women who fought in Iraq and their families.

As we’ve welcomed these service members home, we must continue to do our part as a Nation to ensure they have the care, benefits and opportunities they’ve earned through their service. President Obama’s enduring commitment to support our service members and their families has led to unprecedented efforts across the federal government to improve the quality of life for those who wear the uniform and their families.

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Below are just a few of the strides we've made for veterans and military families since the beginning of this Administration:

  • To better align government resources to support military families and veterans, President Obama issued Presidential Study Directive 9. This directive has resulted in the mobilization of the whole of the federal government to better support military families and veterans. DOJ and HHS are collaborating on improving Veterans Treatment Courts, the Department of Labor is organizing outreach to military spouses, and more.
  • The President signed into law and has ensured successful implementation of an assistance program for caregivers of Veterans who incurred a serious injury in the line of duty on or after September 11, 2001. And recent amendments to the Americans With Disability Act (ADA) expands employment protections for wounded warriors and disabled veterans.
  • The First Lady and Dr. Biden launched Joining Forces - a comprehensive national initiative to mobilize all sectors of society to give our service members and their families the opportunities and support they have earned. Joining Forces was designed to energize action from every sector of our society – individuals, businesses, non-profits, philanthropy and faith-based institutions – to give service members, veterans and their families the support they have earned. We celebrate the 1 year anniversary of Joining Forces this April!
  • On August 5, 2011, President Obama announced new commitments to service members and veterans that will provide a comprehensive plan to lower veteran unemployment and ensure that service members leave the military career-ready through hiring tax credits, private sector commitments, and reforms that improve the way we prepare, train, and educate service members for life after the military. The President recognizes that hiring veterans is good for a company’s bottom line. He challenged the private sector to hire 100,000 veterans– and we’re happy to report that they’ve accepted that challenge.
  • On November 21, 2011 the President signed into law a comprehensive package that will aggressively attack the unacceptably high rate of veteran’s unemployment. The VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 will expand veterans tax credits; improve the transition assistance program (TAP); facilitate seamless transition; expand education & training; and translate military skills and training. Through executive order, the President established the Veterans Job Bank, MyNextMove and the Veterans Gold Card. You can learn more about these programs at
  • Under the President’s leadership, the Secretary of the Army John McHugh announced that, by April 2012, the length of most unit operational deployments will go from 12 months to 9 months. The reduced deployment length will improve soldier and family quality of life while continuing to meet operational requirements and is an important step in sustaining the all-volunteer-force.
  • The President signed into law the Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency Act, which funds the VA’s health care budget a year in advance. This landmark legislation will assure timely, sufficient, and predictable funding from year to year. For veterans, it means improved access to the doctors, nurses, and medical care that they need.
We are proud of all of these accomplishments, but we are also well aware that much work remains to be done. The President has made it clear that this country will continue to honor its commitment to our veterans as they return home. Their families, too, deserve our respect and our support. Military families have endured challenges the likes of which many of us can only imagine, all in service of their country. You can find ways to honor their service and thank them by visiting our Get Involved site.

All the best,
Darienne Page
Associate Director, Office of Public Engagement

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