RENO — President Barack Obama told members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars that he has fulfilled the promises he made four years ago to make America safer and fight homelessness, suicide and post-traumatic stress disorder among the nation’s veterans.
But he said returning military personnel need more help finding jobs, and a major overhaul of the transition assistance program could help.
“We’re going to set up a kind of reverse boot camp for our departing service members,” said Obama at the 113th convention of the group here Monday. “Starting this year, they will get more personalized assistance as they plan their careers. We’ll provide the training they need to find that job, or pursue that education or start that business. And just as they have maintained their military readiness, we’ll have new standards of career readiness.”
He also urged Congress to find a solution to the nation’s deficit spending to protect the military budget from automatic cuts set to take effect next year without an agreement.
“Because people in Congress ought to be able to come together and agree on a plan, a balanced approach that reduces the deficit and keeps our military strong,” Obama said. “It should be done.”