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Obama Talks Jobs For Vets at Honeywell in Golden Valley

While visiting Golden Valley based Honeywell Friday afternoon, the president urged Congress to pass legislation that would create a Veteran Job Corps, which would help veterans find jobs as police officers, firefighters and in other service industries.

On a day when the nation's unemployment rate increased—and stocks plummeted—President Barack Obama said he wants more job opportunities for veterans.

He spoke to Friday on the factory floor of in Golden Valley.

Obama urged Congress to pass legislation that would create a Veterans Job Corps, which would help veterans find jobs as police officers, firefighters and in other service industries. 

“I believe that no one that fights for this country should have to fight for a job when they return home,” Obama told the crowd. “Men and women that have served in the military have incredible skills that any company could benefit from.”

According to the United States Department of Labor, the unemployment rate for veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces at any time since September 2001 is about 12 percent, compared to the national unemployment rate.

Earlier in the day, the Labor Department announced that the U.S. unemployment rate was 8.2 percent in May, up from 8.1 percent in April. The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 275 points by close Friday.

Obama's speech at Honeywell focused on the struggles veterans have finding work.

“If we are going to serve our veterans as they have served us, we must get to work on this,” Obama said. “We must deliver for our veterans.”

He applauded the efforts of Honeywell, a company that set out to hire 500 veterans last year.

“Last year when the White House launched the Joining Forces initiative to encourage companies to hire veterans, we decided to step up to the challenge,” Honeywell Spokesperson Bruce Anderson said. The company exceeded its goal; Honeywell now employees 600 veterans, 65 of which work at the campus in Golden Valley. 

“We know that members of the military have transferable skills and we have seen that first hand at Honeywell,” Anderson said. “Our veterans have tremendous work ethic, leadership skills, an understanding of business efficiency and many of them have specialized skills that we put to good use here.”

A crowd of veterans from Honeywell sat behind the president as he spoke. American Legion Department Commander Curt Kruger said he was thrilled to see attention brought to such an important issue.

“Having a job is part of reintegrating back into normal life,” Kruger said. “This has been a problem for some time and I think any effort that helps veterans find work is a good one.”

Golden Valley Mayor Shep Harris hopes other companies will follow the example set by Honeywell.

"As more U.S. soldiers return home from overseas action, our national commitment to providing economic stability for our veterans and their families must remain strong," Harris said. "I applaud Honeywell for its pledge to honor our troops through job skills training and employment, and I encourage other corporations to do the same."

In his 30-minute speech Obama urged Congress to work together on this initiative, and not make it a political game.

After Obama’s stop in Golden Valley, he was off to a fundraiser at The Bachelor Farmer, a Minneapolis restaurant owned by Gov. Mark Dayton’s sons.

Kris Janisch June 01, 2012 at 11:46 PM
This reminded me of this: http://patch.com/A-rkFh
Anna Schier June 02, 2012 at 03:05 AM
Thanks for passing this along, Kris!
Terry Elliott June 02, 2012 at 04:05 PM
"President Barack Obama wants to create job opportunities for veterans." This puff piece never gets more detailed than that, on a day when the BLS announced an increase in the unemployment rate and a mere 69,000 jobs created in a $7 trillion national economy! I'm glad the President wants to create job opportunities-- where was he the last 3 1/2 years?
Jason June 02, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Actually, Terry, if you examine the numbers, you find that net job creation over the past three years is up significantly over the eight years that preceded them (where not a single net job was created) - this despite the worldwide global economic recesssion that occured during the past three and a half years. And while 69,000 jobs for the month sounds paltry, it was achieved while the net reduction in public sector jobs (which most of us have been calling for) was at its greatest pace in nearly two decades. I think the facts speak to the opposite of your political rhetoric, and it's gross generalities without merit that drive us as voters to make poor political decsions when we get involved at the polls. Republicans swooped in during 2010 on a platform of jobs, jobs, jobs and took control of the House and a net 6 seat gain in the Senate. Are you similarly holding them to the same standard of "failure" as you express in your comment?
Pork Chop Guy June 03, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Jason - agree that it is time to hold Obama accountable as well as those in the Senate. Wouldn't mind seeing Romney get a shot. Although, his past record indicates he is as liberal in policies as Obama. Too bad Ron Paul wom't get enough votes.
Jim June 03, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Funny how the radio networks that were carrying his speech at Honeywell, broke away during it to make the report that the DOW was down 220 points when his speech started, but then dropped to 260 points down shortly after it started.....
Jim June 03, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Jason, a good statistician can make the numbers say exactly the opposite of what they are.........
Kimma June 03, 2012 at 07:24 PM
Terry Elliot, I think the more important question is where has your elected Gop been? They run the House of Rep. We do have a system, the President and Dems have pushed for jobs bills. The President doesn't get to write a jobs bill and then make it so. He has to rely on the Republican run Congress to pass a jobs bill. I can tell you where Our President has been. He been on the ground basically begging the Rep. run congress to Pass his "Jobs" bill. It focused on the rebuilding of infrastucture, (that makes jobs for Construction Worker), and other things. There are trulely things that can be done. The problem is the Republican party doesn't want to do it. They are throwing you and all of us under the bus and hoping you wont notice. Hoping You won't notice when Mitch O'donnell is on tv saying that their main priority is to make Presidnet a one term president. The Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest of the wealthy were even extended, to much Liberal heartbreak. Why? oh because they threatened to shut down the Gov and the Gop was DEMANDING that the Bush tax cuts for the rich be extended for the so called "job Creators" be extended. It was extended. This means that people like Rush Limbaugh gets an extra million + dollars in Government money, Oprah, Paris Hilton etc..Oh those poor rich job creators.
Kimma June 03, 2012 at 08:28 PM
To finish, if You really care about jobs and I believe you probally do, I believe that most GOP voters want to help their neighbors, you want to see others be successfull, you want to see jobs and fair pay for jobs, you like Public Education, Medicare and Social Security, then you should Demand that the party that you vote for and currently have alot of Power to make things better..then demand that they pass a jobs bill Maybe question why they won't even vote for their own ideas. The Congress has the Power to pass a jobs bill and they won't do it. If I were voting for that party I would be demanding that they do something for me and my neighbors and would be questioning why they refuse to come up with or pass a single jobs bill and I would be wondering WHY they are So concerned about continuing the Government funded Tax breaks for the wealthiest of the wealthy.
jim June 09, 2012 at 07:17 PM
Want to create jobs? Lets get rid of all the overbearing taxation and regulation. The government does not create jobs. Why does 3M have plants all over the world? It's cheaper to build a plant in other countries with lower tax rates. With out over bearing government agencies telling them where, how and what they can build.
Hank June 10, 2012 at 04:16 AM
"Want to create jobs? Lets get rid of all the consumer protections. The government does create jobs but they compete with the private sector at a time when the private sector would like to lower wages and take away benefits. Why does 3M have plants all over the world? It's much easier to pollute the water and the air and then walk away without paying a dime to clean up the mess. With out consumer protections telling them not to build a mercury, TCE and PFCs spewing factory right in the middle of a residential area.
Kimma June 10, 2012 at 08:54 PM
They create jobs overseas w/lower tax rates and pay people less because they Can. The kicker is they still get tax breaks here-it's called coorporate welfare. Part of the Presidents plan in the jobs bill that the Reblican congress won't pass is that we stop giving huge tax breaks to corps. that invest overseas instead of here. That is money that could be flowing back into the American economy but instead is going to corps that invest our money elsewhere, so we never reap the rewards of jobs. The other part of the plan is to stop giving them heavy tax break (gov $) for that and Start giving them tax breaks for creating jobs in America. If there is no common sense regulation and common sense tax breaks incentives, they wont do it. It's just the nature of the beast. But, if we want to keep giving them Gov. money and not enforce worker and envoronmental protections, which is what we are basically doing right now, we'll keep getting what we got. Don't worry though, I'm sure there are more firefighters, teachers and Police to fire and demonize (like Scott walker and Mitt do) for making a semi reasonable living (barely though and not for long) They are Not being over-regulated or over taxed in anyway-they have record profits. It's time to go back to common sense taxation and regulation.
rob_h78 June 11, 2012 at 02:23 AM
When Obama took office we were losing over 700,000 a jobs a month - we are now adding jobs every month - so over the last 3.5 years (if you want to call out the President) then he has turned us from losing 700,000 to gaining over 100,000 jobs a month - WHILE - the number of government workers has been decreasing. If Obama was a Republican the GOP would be going nuts proclaiming it to be a miracle.
Kimma June 11, 2012 at 03:31 AM
Well said Rob, It is kinda a miracle w/the amount of obstructionism on the GOP side. GOP Voters- The only way this nonesense has any bit of hope stopping is when the people who vote for them tell Them. 75-80% of Americans agree that Corporate Welfare (like Gov $ going to Oil Companies making 56 million profits yearly) and tax breaks to the Wealthiest (like Opra, Paris Hilton, Michael Moore-you know the job creators of the world) should stop. Most of us agree that they should stop-so why are the people you elected who have the power to stop them-in fact they threaten to shut down the Gov. if we won't extend the George Bush tax breaks for the "job creators"
Kimma June 11, 2012 at 03:32 AM
great post Jason-thanks
Kimma June 11, 2012 at 03:50 AM
well said Hank Plus Polluting they can also also create working environments and pay that equates to a "sweatshop'"-basically slave labor.
Terry Lambert June 17, 2012 at 06:40 PM
Hey if the GOP and Democrats could just be Americans and do something together for our country. Stop acting like a bunch of selfish children who cannot get along and start working together as a team of Americans! Our country needs leaders who care about our people and solving issues.
bmdesroches July 07, 2012 at 09:30 PM
I am a US Air Force Veteran who has had to struggle through this recession that is a depression for those who are there. I haven't forgotten how this economy got to the point where the economy nearly failed due to deceptive and dishonest bank and Wall Street policies combined with the excessive outsourcing of jobs to China and elsewhere under 8 years of the Bush Administration. Companies are once again hiring sub-contract employees thanks to the efforts of President Obama. I have had the opportunity to work at Lockheed Martin and now Honeywell because this President has gotten this economy moving again. I know how I will be voting in the fall and it won't be for a man who doesn't know how to be honest with the American people and makes promises he can and will never deliver fullfill. When I worked as a volunteer for John McCain, I understood why he didn't like Mitt Romney and it is the same reason I don't like or trust him; he is dishonest and will say what ever he thinks will get him votes and targets his promises to his audience. That's why he flip flops; he only cares about getting the office, not delivering on his promises.
bmdesroches July 07, 2012 at 09:36 PM
You can't deliver what you know is just B.S. in order to secure votes from those who don't really know you. Ask Floridians who voted for Gov. Scott how they feel about voting for someone without researching the candidates background and track record on non-partisan goverment and press websites before entering the voting booth. It is important to vote but most importantly it is very important to cast an educated, intelligent vote based on facts not propaganda (or lies.) A vote for Mitt Romney is a vote for a man who only cares about the very wealthy and that's it. He doesn't care about the middle class who are being squeezed out of existance while he dodges paying a fair tax based upon his true income which he deceptively hides in foreign accounts and refuses to release a tax return any older than one year for an obvious reason; because he has nothing to hide.
bmdesroches July 07, 2012 at 10:18 PM
Why would President G.W. Bush state that he was going after Osama Bin Laden in Afghanistan; a move in which he had international support from our allies only to do a right face and take his focus off of the true enemy, al-queda in order to facilitate a war in Iraq that could have been avoided by the using the same sanctions and techniques that we are currently and using against Iran with success. Bush had no support from our allies and announced that it was a "coalition of the willing." Our reason for going to war way hijacked by diverting our resources, troops and focus to Iraq; something that could have been accomplished through diplomatic channels. Bush senior was smarter than his son and did not enter Iraq during the Persian Gulf War for good reason, it wasn't necessary.

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