A bipartisan effort to put veterans back to work

Col. Jack Jacobs talks about the unemployment rate and says “military veterans are the most qualified people anywhere,” because they have had a lot of responsibilities at a young age. Sen. John Manchin joins the discussion to talk about his initiative “I Hire Veterans,” saying, “it’s easy to talk the talk but you got to walk the walk.”

For more on Hiring our Heroes, an initiative from NBC News and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that aims to get veterans back into the workforce, click here. Learn more about job fairs for veterans here

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I have a hero that deserves recognition, too. George F. McGrath deserves an honorary college degree. A WWII Veteran, who served aboard the USS Texas during the invasion of Iwo Jima and Okinawa and is a retired NYFD chief, never completed his degree. At 96, there is not much time left. PLEASE HELP! I completed a massive letter-writing campaign to many colleges, politicians and TV media - no response. Someone out there should be able to help him.

    Reply#1 - Wed Mar 28, 2012 9:55 AM EDT

    My father served in the Pacific during WWII as a 40 something year old with a wife and 4 children at home.

    He returned to the states, tried to get his old job, which failed and after 2 + months of searching took his own life leaving a widow and 4 small children. He had said that we would be better off.

    I am saying this to tell employers to rehire the veterans that worked for them. Noone knows the devastation one must go through of not finding work to support a family.

    Also, I would like to emphasize the importance of receiving a college degree which my father was never encouraged to get.

      Reply#2 - Wed Mar 28, 2012 10:08 AM EDT
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