A new Gallop poll reveals some very interesting findings. Mitt Romney is leading President Obama among veterans. This unbelievable poll found that among U.S. veterans, about 13% of the adult population and consisting mostly of older men, support Mitt Romney over Barack Obama for president by 58% to 34%, while non-veterans give Obama a four-percentage-point edge.
Meanwhile, President Obama is the first person to receive the Jerald Washington Memorial Founders’ Award more than once. The award is given yearly by The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, and President Obama received the award in 2009 and 2012. The President has a Five-Year Plan to End Veteran Homelessness.
Last November, Obama [also] signed the VOW to Hire Heroes Act, which provides companies with a substantial tax credit if they hire unemployed or disabled veterans. And the President has also used his executive authority to establish a national Veterans Job Bank, authorize 6-months of career counseling at locations across the country, and create My Next Move, an online database that helps connect veterans with jobs that build off their military experience.
Perhaps most importantly, President Obama, the first lady, and Dr. Jill Biden have brought public attention to the problem of veteran unemployment and the valuable skills that our service members possess. All the president and his administration have done to highlight this issue appears to have prompted employers to take a second look.
As a result of the President’s policy, the jobless rate among post-9/11 veterans — as this blog noted earlier today — fell four percent in January, from 13.1 percent in December to 9.1 percent today. This is a tremendous improvement from one year ago, when the unemployment rate for these veterans stood at about 15 percent. And the initiatives announced by President Obama today will continue to target veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, who suffer from unemployment rates significantly higher than those facing the broader veteran population.
Among other things, the President also eliminated co-payments for veterans who are catastrophically disabled (2010)
Fulfilled campaign promise to have combat troops (90,000) out of Iraq by August 31,2010 (2010)
Established a new interagency task force to assist veterans owning small businesses(2010)* Note: The efforts include promoting federal contract opportunities, improve access to loans and capital, mentor assistance programs, etc.
Signed The Families of Fallen Heroes Act, which covers the moving costs of immediate family members of those lost in service (military, intelligence, and security personnel)(2010)
So why are veterans supporting Romney – a man who joked that homeless veterans should “milk cows” to get milk for their nourishment? Beats me, but Republicans have an amazing propaganda machine, a machine that is willing to lie to the people of America to put a Republican in control.