White House Announces Details of Veterans Job Corps

President Obama's proposal for a Veterans Job Corps and employment for post-9/11 veterans would include millions in grants to create jobs for which ex-military would have preference.

Veterans would be first in line for jobs in law enforcement and firefighting under $480 million in grants proposed by President Obama Friday.

The president wants to earmark $166 million in policing grants and $320 million in fire and emergency response grants for communities that recruit and hire post-9/11 veterans to serve as police officers and firefighters, the White House announced Friday.

He is also proposing $1 billion be set aside for a Veterans Job Corps conservation program aimed at putting 20,000 veterans to work over five years. Their jobs will include restoring environmental habitats, preserving cultural resources and eradicating invasive species. Post-9/11 veterans would also help repair tribal trails, roads and other properties.

The announcement comes as the Pentagon rolls out details of , reducing military force numbers in the wake of the wind down in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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