President Obama is committed to keeping the sacred trust we hold with members of our nation's all-volunteer military.The President has fought to expand and improve benefits for veterans and their families—from access to the health care they need to the education and job opportunities they deserve when they return home.
The President and his administration, along with the First Lady and Dr. Jill Biden, have secured commitments from private sector companies to hire unemployed veterans and worked to make sure returning servicemembers can find work when they come home.The President also took executive actions to help match veterans with potential employers, streamline the job search for returning servicemembers, and is working to provide veterans and their families better access to job training.Recently, the President announced his Veterans Jobs Corps initiative, which will put veterans back to work on a range of projects that benefit from the skills they developed in the military.
As part of the President's plan to support American jobs, he signed into law the Returning Heroes and Wounded Warrior tax credits to encourage businesses to hire unemployed veterans and veterans with service-connected disabilities.
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President Obama has fulfilled his promise to responsibly and safely bring our soldiers home.When the President took office in January 2009, there were 142,000 U.S. troops in Iraq.Today, the war in Iraq has ended and the Iraqi people have taken responsibility for the security of their country.
President Obama has upheld our American values by reversing previous administration policies that harmed our national security and moral authority in the world.President Obama has banned the use of torture, closed secret CIA detention facilities, and reformed military commissions.He directed all executive departments and agencies to ensure the lawful interrogation of detainees, requiring them to comply with the Geneva Convention and U.S. law.
The President has revamped military commissions in a manner consistent with the rule of law.His administration established basic protections for those who refuse to testify, prohibited the use of evidence obtained through improper interrogation, and increased the ability of the accused to select counsel.
President Obama signed and passed the START Treaty with Russia, which will reduce the number of nuclear weapons deployed by Russia and the United States and has allowed the United States to resume inspections of Russian nuclear sites.
President Obama has been clear that he is determined to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon.Under President Obama’s leadership, the United States gained the support of China, Russia, and other nations to pass the most comprehensive international sanctions regime that Iran has ever faced.
The President also worked with Congress to pass the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions and Divestment Act, and signed additional sanctions hitting Iran's central bank and oil revenues, targeting Iran’s entire financial system for the first time.
President Obama has repeatedly reaffirmed the special relationship between the U.S. and Israel, and has raised U.S. security assistance to Israel to unprecedented levels.Under President Obama's leadership, U.S.-Israeli defense cooperation is broader and deeper than ever.
The President is working to address Israel’s security needs and ensure Israel's future as a Jewish state and the homeland for the Jewish people.
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