Presidential Candidates on the Issues

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Barack Obama: President Obama has pushed for tax credits and other incentives for businesses to hire unemployed veterans in the American Jobs Act and through executive orders. He also is calling for a new conservation program that would put them to work on trails, roads and other public projects and also is seeking funding from Congress to help cities and states hire vets as first responders. Michelle Obama and Jill Biden created Joining Forces, an initiative to support veterans and military families.

Newt Gingrich: At a veterans’ issues forum in Iowa, Gingrich called for increased investment in services provided to veterans, including health care, education and career.

Mitt Romney: Romney says he would eliminate inefficiencies in the military and use the savings to help improve veterans’ care. He also has suggested providing vets with vouchers that they can use to seek care in the private or government sector.

Rick Santorum: Rick Santorum says that as president he would make veterans’ affairs a high priority to “ensure that those who have served our country will have whatever they need to re-adjust to civilian life.”

(Photo: REUTERS/Molly Riley)

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