Veteran’s Day 2011

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The Veterans Day National Ceremony is held each year on November 11th at Arlington National Cemetery . The ceremony commences precisely at 11:00 a.m. with a wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns and continues inside the Memorial Amphitheater with a parade of colors by veterans’ organizations and remarks from dignitaries. The ceremony is intended to honor and thank all who served in the United States Armed Forces.

United States Department of Veterans Affairs http://www.va.gov/

 Women Veterans Hotline1-855-VA-WOMEN (829-6636)

History of Veterans Day

National Resource Directory - Veteran Job Search https://www.nationalresourcedirectory.gov

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122 Responses to Veteran’s Day 2011

  1. CR says:

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    Thursday, November 10, 2011

    All Times Eastern

    7:00 AM
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    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    11:30 AM
    The First Lady makes remarks at the US Chamber of Commerce’s “Business Steps Up: Hiring Our Heroes” event.

    12:00 PM
    1:00 PM
    1:30 PM
    White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press.

    2:00 PM
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    The Vice President visits with local veterans at a Manchester-area American Legion and delivers brief remarks
    Manchester, New Hampshire
    Pooled Press

    4:00 PM
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    5:15 PM
    The President meets with senior advisers.
    Oval Office
    Pooled Press

    6:00 PM
    7:00 PM
    The Vice President delivers keynote remarks at the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications First Amendment Award Event
    Concord, New Hampshire
    Open Press
    8:00 PM
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    10:00 PM

    • CR says:

      History of Veterans Day

      World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” – officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”

      In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”

      The original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m.

      The United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I when it passed a concurrent resolution on June 4, 1926, with these words:

      Whereas the 11th of November 1918, marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary, and far reaching war in human annals and the resumption by the people of the United States of peaceful relations with other nations, which we hope may never again be severed, and

      Whereas it is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations; and

      Whereas the legislatures of twenty-seven of our States have already declared November 11 to be a legal holiday: Therefore be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), that the President of the United States is requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on November 11 and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples.

      An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday—a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as “Armistice Day.” Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but in 1954, after World War II had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in the Nation’s history; after American forces had fought aggression in Korea, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting in its place the word “Veterans.” With the approval of this legislation (Public Law 380) on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

      For the entire article: http://www1.va.gov/opa/vetsday/vetdayhistory.asp

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    • CR says:

      November 03, 2011

      Presidential Proclamation — Veterans Day, 2011

      VETERANS DAY, 2011

      BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

      A PROCLAMATION

      Today, our Nation comes together to honor our veterans and commemorate the legacy of profound service and sacrifice they have upheld in pursuit of a more perfect Union. Through their steadfast defense of America’s ideals, our service members have ensured our country still stands strong, our founding principles still shine, and nations around the world know the blessings of freedom. As we offer our sincere appreciation and respect to our veterans, to their families, to those who are still in harm’s way, and to those we have laid to rest, let us rededicate ourselves to serving them as well as they have served the United States of America.

      Our men and women in uniform are bearers of a proud military tradition that has been dutifully passed forward — from generation to generation — for more than two centuries. In times of war and peace alike, our veterans have served with courage and distinction in the face of tremendous adversity, demonstrating an unfaltering commitment to America and our people. Many have made the ultimate sacrifice to preserve the country they loved. The selflessness of our service members is unmatched, and they remind us that there are few things more fundamentally American than doing our utmost to make a difference in the lives of others.

      Just as our veterans stood watch on freedom’s frontier, so have they safeguarded the prosperity of our Nation in our neighborhoods, our businesses, and our homes. As teachers and engineers, doctors and parents, these patriots have made contributions to civilian life that serve as a testament to their dedication to the welfare of our country. We owe them a debt of honor, and it is our moral obligation to ensure they receive our support for as long as they live as proud veterans of the United States Armed Forces. This year, as our troops in Iraq complete their mission, we will honor them and all who serve by working tirelessly to give them the care, the benefits, and the opportunities they have earned.

      On Veterans Day, we pay tribute to our veterans, to the fallen, and to their families. To honor their contributions to our Nation, let us strive with renewed determination to keep the promises we have made to all who have answered our country’s call. As we fulfill our obligations to them, we keep faith with the patriots who have risked their lives to preserve our Union, and with the ideals of service and sacrifice upon which our Republic was founded.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/11/03/presidential-proclamation-veterans-day-2011

    • CR says:

      Obama, Panetta Praise Military Veterans’ Service

      Nov. 9, 2011 By Donna Miles – American Forces Press Service

      WASHINGTON– Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta today joined President Barack Obama in recognizing the contributions veterans have made throughout U.S. history and the sacrifices U.S. military members continue to make in defending its freedoms.

      “On my first Veterans Day as secretary of defense, I want to extend my deepest thanks to all of you serving this country in uniform,” Panetta said in a video to the force being aired worldwide on the Pentagon Channel and Armed Forces Network.

      “In traveling to the front lines, in visiting with wounded warriors, I have been inspired by the patriotism and dedication of our service members,” the secretary continued. “Over the past 10 years of war, you have done all that was asked of you — and more. You truly are the next Greatest Generation.”
      Panetta recognized military members’ bravery and selfless service as they’ve defended the nation since its inception.

      “Our veterans and current service members deserve our country’s gratitude — not just on Veterans Day, but every day,” he said. “Thank you, and may God bless you and your families.”
      The president, in a proclamation released earlier this week, noted the sterling example veterans have shown throughout history as they put their country ahead of themselves.

      “In times of war and peace alike, our veterans have served with courage and distinction in the face of tremendous adversity, demonstrating an unfaltering commitment to America and our people,” Obama said. “Many have made the ultimate sacrifice to preserve the country they loved.”

      For the entire article: http://www.defense.gov/News/NewsArticle.aspx?ID=66021

      • CR says:

        Veterans Day 2011

        Uploaded by DeptVetAffairs on Nov 4, 2011

        Each year, Veterans Day falls during the month of November. On this Veterans Day, we are celebrating those who have served our country. VA is reaching out to explain the meaning of Veterans Day, and the fact that our gratitude reaches far beyond just one day out of the year.

    • CR says:

      The Department of Homeland Security’s Commitment to Veterans

      Posted by Jane Holl Lute on November 10, 2011

      On Veterans Day, we recognize the service and sacrifice of our nation’s veterans, including many of our colleagues at the Department of Homeland Security. Every day, these men and women bring their skills, talents and experience to our many mission areas in order to keep our nation safe.

      Because veterans play such an important role in our Department’s mission, Secretary Napolitano set a goal to employ 50,000 veterans at DHS by the end of 2012. We are proud that today, thanks to the commitment of individuals across the Department, we have reached that goal, more than a year ahead of schedule. Veterans now comprise 25 percent of our civilian workforce, in addition to the 49,000 active duty and reserve members of the U.S. Coast Guard.

      Who are some of these individuals? Jim Bryant, a Human Resources Specialist at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), is a former service member who is now helping us expand our outreach to the veteran community. Bryant, who served for 21 years in the U.S. Marines, shares information with veterans about finding jobs at FLETC – where 40 percent of employees have a military background.

      Or Michael Lozano, a 20-year military veteran, whose career included a combat deployment with the U.S. Marines as a Sergeant during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003, and a recent deployment with the Air Force Reserve. Michael and his wife, Valery, currently serve as Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agents in the Phoenix Field Office in Phoenix, AZ.

      Veterans like these bring their talents to every corner of our Department, continuing their service to our country as Transportation Security Officers, U.S. Border Patrol and ICE agents, Federal Protective Service officers, and headquarters staff.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/11/10/department-homeland-securitys-commitment-veterans

    • CR says:

      A Day to Honor Our Heroes

      Posted by Tom Vilsack on November 10, 2011

      This Friday, as on Veterans Days past, we stand with the men and women who have served this nation in uniform and commemorate their achievements. As preparations are made for a week of USDA events and celebrations, I am reminded of the everyday courage and strength these men and women display, and without whom our great country would not be what it is today. While we can never fully repay our debt of gratitude to the service members who have been wounded and died while protecting our country, we should take time to recognize the more than 20 million living American veterans and offer special thanks to them for all they’ve done for us throughout the years.

      About 6.1 million American veterans live in rural communities, making it the most highly concentrated population in the country. At USDA, we have worked with the rest of the Obama Administration to tackle a host of challenges facing our nation’s rural veterans. I described some of this work in my weekly column recently. And we have made a point to hire more veterans to work at USDA in accordance with President Obama’s 2009 executive order on veteran employment. This year, nearly one quarter of our permanent hires have been veterans, bringing our number of USDA employed veterans to over 10,000. I want – especially this week – to thank them and acknowledge their continued service to country.

      Earlier this week President Obama announced the Returning Heroes and Wounded Warrior Tax Credits, two provisions in the American Jobs Act that Congress is scheduled to consider soon and will encourage businesses to hire unemployed veterans. Also, the President announced three executive actions that will help veterans find jobs. This announcement is part of a series of executive actions to put Americans back to work and strengthen the economy.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/11/10/day-honor-our-heroes

    • CR says:

      Holiday Shipping Deadlines

      From: DODvClips | Nov 10, 2011

      Don’t miss these important dates when shipping gifts overseas.
      -Nov. 12 for Parcel post
      -Nov. 26 for Space-available
      -Dec. 3 for Parcel airlift

    • CR says:

      Welcoming Home Our Veterans

      Published on Jul 23, 2012 by BarackObamadotcom
      Learn more: http://OFA.BO/ooJZtN

      Since day one, President Obama has made it a priority to keep the sacred trust we hold with those who wear the uniform of the United States and their families.

      In advance of the President’s remarks at the VFW Convention in Reno, Obama for America released this video that discusses the President’s commitment to keeping our nation’s sacred promise to our veterans. This video highlights a St. Louis parade organized to welcome our servicemembers home from Iraq.

      Learn how President Obama continues to better serve those who have served this nation and how you can get involved with Veterans and Military Familes for Obama: http://OFA.BO/ooJZtN

    • CR says:

      McRaven gives ‘fantastic’ Obama credit for bin Laden raid

      By JOSH GERSTEIN | 7/26/12 1:06 AM EDT POLITICO

      ASPEN, Colo.—Republicans trying to play down President Barack Obama’s decision to launch the raid that led to the death of Al Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden are not getting much help from the military brass who oversaw the operation.

      During a rare public interview on Wednesday, Adm. Bill McRaven, head of the U.S. Special Operations command, portrayed as bold and brave Obama’s decision to order the raid despite significant doubts about whether bin Laden was at the Abbottabad, Pakistan compound.

      “At the end of the day, make no mistake about it, it was the president of the United States that shouldered the burden of this operation, that made the hard decision,” McRaven said during an on-stage interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that served as the kickoff session of the Aspen Security Forum.

      Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney has suggested that the decision to launch the raid was a no-brainer. “Even Jimmy Carter would have given that order,” Romney said in April.

      McRaven refused to respond Wednesday when asked whether he agreed with Romney that any president would have made the same decision Obama did. However, at a couple of junctures, the Special Operations commander offered effusive praise for Obama.

      “The president of the United States is fantastic,” the admiral said. “I’m not a political guy. I’ve worked in both [administrations,] very much enjoyed working with President Bush and I very much enjoy working for President Obama. This isn’t about politics. This is about a Commander in Chief who I have the opportunity to engage with on a routine basis.”

      McRaven also had high praise for Obama’s national security team, including those in place at the time of the raid, such as then-Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, then-Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen, National Security Adviser Tom Donilon, Deputy National Security Advisers Denis McDonough and John Brennan.

      “I’m not a political guy, but I’ll tell you as an interested observer of this, they were magnfiicent how they handled the start-to-finish,” McRaven said. “The president asked all the right questions…The president gave me ample time to prepare once the conversations were through.”

      McRaven, like all military officers, serves at the pleasure of the president. A few weeks before the bin Laden raid, Obama nominated McRaven to take over the Special Operations command and be elevated to four-star admiral. McRaven, who was deeply involved in planning and executing the May 2011 raid, was confirmed by the Senate to his current post the following month.

      • CR says:

        Sharp Decline in Terror Attacks After Bin Laden Death

        8/1/12 By Dana Hughes | ABC OTUS News – 14 hrs ago

        The number of worldwide terror attacks fell to 10,283 last year, down from 11,641 in 2010 and the lowest since 2005, the State Department reported today.

        What’s made the difference? The State Department cites the May 2011 killing of Osama bin Laden and other top al Qaeda members killed last year including Atiyah Abd al-Rahman and Anwar al-Awlaki, who was the head of Yemen’s Al Qaeda affiliate and had ties to the underwear bomber plot in 2010.

        “The loss of bin Laden and these other key operatives puts the network on a path of decline that will be difficult to reverse,” the report stated.

        But Ambassador Dan Benjamin, the State Department’s coordinator for counter-terrorism, warned that for all the good news about the core of al Qaeda being weakened, affiliates of the group, particularly in Yemen and in Africa, continue to pose a real risk.

        Nigeria was one of the few countries which actually saw an increase in terror attacks last year because of Boko Haram, and Kenya and Somalia continue to experience attacks by a weakened Al Shabab. Benjamin also noted that the Arab spring and other countries in transition could leave important allies like Egypt and Iraq vulnerable to terror groups.

        “Inspiring as the moment may be, we are not blind to the attendant perils. Terrorists could still cause significant disruptions for states undergoing very challenging democratic transitions. Affiliates of the group, and violent extremist ideology and rhetoric continue to spread in some parts of the world,” said Benjamin.

        For more: http://news.yahoo.com/sharp-decline-terror-attacks-bin-laden-death-213958117–abc-news-politics.html

    • CR says:

      Karl Marlantes on What It’s Like to Go to War

      July 27, 2012 billmoyers

      Summary: Bill talks to Karl Marlantes — a highly-decorated Vietnam veteran, Rhodes Scholar, author, and PTSD survivor — about what we on the insulated outside need to understand about the minds and hearts of our modern warriors. Marlantes shares with Bill intimate stories about how his battlefield experiences both shaped and nearly destroyed him, even after returning to civilian life.

      “’Thou shalt not kill’ is a tenet you just do not violate, and so all your young life, that’s drilled into your head. And then suddenly, you’re 18 or 19 and they’re saying, ‘Go get ‘em and kill for your country.’ And then you come back and it’s like, ‘Well, thou shalt not kill’ again. Believe me, that’s a difficult thing to deal with,” Marlantes tells Bill. “You take a young man and put him in the role of God, where he is asked to take a life — that’s something no 19-year-old is able to handle.”

      For the audio interview: http://billmoyers.com/segment/karl-marlantes-on-what-its-like-to-go-to-war/

  2. CR says:

    November 07, 2011

    Remarks by the President on Tax Credits Included in the American Jobs Act and New Executive Actions that Will Help Get Veterans Back to Work

    Rose Garden

    12:04 P.M. EST

    THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much, everybody. Please be seated. This week, we commemorate Veterans Day. We honor the service and the sacrifice of all who have worn the uniform of the United States of America with honor and distinction. And above all, we commit ourselves to serving them as well as they have served us. That’s why we’re here today.

    Today’s 9/11 generation of veterans has already earned a special place in our history. Over a difficult decade, they’ve performed heroically in some of the world’s most dangerous places. They’ve done everything that we’ve asked of them. And I’m honored to have some of these extraordinary Americans here at the White House with us this morning.

    I’m also proud to be joined by some of America’s leading veterans service organizations — the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America — as well as members of Congress who have historically been extraordinarily supportive of our veterans. And we’re here today to try to take some steps to better serve today’s veterans in a rough economy.

    Over the past decade, nearly 3 million servicemembers have transitioned back to civilian life, joining the millions who have served through the decades. And as we end the war in Iraq and we wind down the war in Afghanistan, over a million more will join them over the next five years. Just think about the skills these veterans have acquired, often at a very young age. Think about the leadership that they’ve learned, the cutting-edge technologies that they’ve mastered, their ability to adapt to changing and unpredictable circumstances you just can’t get from a classroom. Think about how many have led others to life -and-death missions by the time they’re 25 or 26 years old.

    This is exactly the kind of leadership and responsibility that every American business should be competing to attract. This is the kind of talent we need to compete for the jobs and industries of the future. These are the kinds of Americans that every company should want to hire.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/11/07/remarks-president-tax-credits-included-american-jobs-act-and-new-executi

    • CR says:

      500,000 Jobs Postings in Veterans Jobs Bank

      By the Numbers: 500,000

      Posted by Megan Slack on November 07, 2011

      President Obama believes that no veteran should have to fight for a job after fighting for our nation overseas. That’s why he’s introduced a host of new tools to help connect veterans to jobs in the civilian workforce, including the Veterans Job Bank, which has more than 500,000 job listings with private sector employers looking to hire vets.

      To launch the Veterans Job Bank, the Obama Administration partnered with leading job search companies to create a new, easy-to-use online service that enables employers to “tag” job postings for veterans. The tool gives users the ability to search for jobs from thousands of military-friendly employers worldwide based on keyword, military occupation code (MOC) and/or location.

      Nearly 3 million service members have transitioned back to civilian life, and a million more will join them over the next five years as we end the war in Iraq and wind down the war in Afghanistan. These service members have mastered skills and leadership abilities they couldn’t have learned in any ordinary classroom, and have tremendous talents to offer our nation’s businesses.

      President Obama knows we can’t wait to help these heroes and their families. Other initiatives to help get them back to work include:

      * The Returning Heroes and Wounded Warrior Tax Credits, two pieces of the American Jobs Act that provide tax credits to businesses that hire veterans.

      *My Next Move for Veterans, an online tool that helps veterans match their skills with civilian careers that will put their experience to use

      * The Veterans Gold Card, which provides personalized case management and career counseling at any of the 3,000 One-Stop Career Centers around the country

    • CR says:

      How To Use the Veteran’s Job Bank

      Posted by Colleen Curtis on November 07, 2011

      The Obama Administration today launched a new tool that is designed to help put our veterans in contact with companies that appreciate their skills, and are eager to hire them. Built in collaboration with some of the country’s leading technology companies, this easy to use tool means that veterans are now just a click or two away from career opportunities. Watch this video and find out how you or a veteran you know can get started right now/

    • CR says:

      FTA Initiative Will Connect America’s Veterans and Their Families to the Opportunities They Deserve

      Posted by Ray LaHood on November 09, 2011

      As Chairman of the federal Coordinating Council on Access and Mobility, I’ve enjoyed collaborating with my colleagues across the government to better coordinate our transportation, housing, medical, and other services on behalf of America’s neediest citizens. Today, I’m thrilled to announce the fruits of our latest collaboration, the Veterans Transportation and Community Living Initiative.

      The new FTA initiative will invest $34.6 million in 55 different “one-click, one-call” transportation resource centers across the country, bringing more transportation choices and better job access to a very special group of Americans—our military heroes, veterans, wounded warriors, and their families.

      Many military families live in suburban and rural communities where long car commutes eat up the family’s gas budget, and public transportation options are limited. The projects funded by this initiative will bridge the transportation gap by helping states and communities build or expand centers that offer information on local transportation options by phone or internet.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/11/09/fta-initiative-will-connect-americas-veterans-and-their-families-opportunities-they-

  3. CR says:

    First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden Launch Joining Forces

    From: whitehouse | Apr 12, 2011

    First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden launch Joining Forces — a comprehensive national initiative to mobilize all sectors of society to give our service members and their families the opportunities and support they have earned. Hear from the First Lady and Dr. Biden, meet some of America’s military families and watch the First Lady and Dr. Biden surprise a meeting with military families, veterans and volunteers.

    * FIND SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

    * PLEDGE SERVICE HOURS

    * SEND YOUR MESSAGE OF THANKS

  4. COS says:

    Hey CR, that photo of the Statue of Liberty is stunning. Great, great thread.

    • Kat 4 Obama says:

      Is that a beautiful poster or what. Bless our troops and veterans and our great POTUS and FLOTUS, VPOTUS and SLOTUS and members of Congress who care about them (like my Senator Patty Murray who chairs the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee ).

      • COS says:

        Did you all see PBO speaking at the NWLC just now? He was so relaxed. He also plugged his jobs bill. Gotta love him. :)

      • COS says:

        Kat, what was the results of your elections?

        • Kat 4 Obama says:

          Hi COS, well it took all day to count the votes, but AT LAST Initiative 1125 was rejected. This is a Tim Eyman thing that would have destroyed construction projects and killed jobs. He got his start in the 90s fighting affirmative action and government hiring and since then has just kept introducing one right-wing crazy thing after another in Washington State.

          Another initiative that called for training caregivers for seniors and the disabled passed. That’s a good one. But another one that takes liquor sales away from the state and gives it to big box stores and mini-marts also passed, and that we fear will lead to more kids getting hold of hard alcohol.

          The mayor’s race in my city is still being counted and it’s too close to call. Maybe tomorrow morning we will know!

  5. CR says:

    Jobless claims fall 10,000 in latest week

    11/10/11 By Lisa Lambert, Editing by Andrea Ricci | Reuters – 15 mins ago

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – New U.S. claims for unemployment benefits declined for the second straight week, to the lowest level since the first week of April, the Labor Department said on Thursday.

    Initial claims for state unemployment benefits fell 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 390,000 in the week ended November 5, slightly below the 400,000 that analysts polled by Reuters had expected. The government revised its estimate for claims during the prior week to 400,000 from 397,000.

    Weekly claims still remain well above pre-recession levels and have only dipped below 400,000 — a threshold many economists believe signifies improving labor market conditions — 10 times over the past year.

    A Labor Department official said a freak fall snowstorm that kept many people housebound in the Northeast did not affect initial jobless claims.

    The number of people still receiving benefits under regular state programs after an initial week of aid fell 92,000 in the week ended October 29 to 3.615 million. That was the steepest drop since February, and the lowest level since the week ended September 20, 2008.

    The four-week moving average of claims, considered a better measure of labor market trends, fell to 400,000 from 405,250 the prior week, which was revised up from the previously reported 404,500.

  6. Good morning CR and everyone! HOPE you all have a great Thursday.

    Please join me in lighting a candle for our President. May the Republicans continue to implode so that the clear choice is our President for re-election.

    http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=PBO

  7. CR says:

    September trade deficit narrows to $43.1 billion

    11/10/11 By MARTIN CRUTSINGER – AP Economics Writer | AP – 23 mins ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit fell in September to the lowest point this year as foreign sales of American-made autos, airplanes and heavy machinery pushed exports to an all-time high.
    The deficit narrowed 4 percent to $43.1 billion, the third straight decline and the smallest imbalance since last December, the Commerce Department reported Thursday.

    Exports increased 1.4 percent to a record $180.4 billion, reflecting a big increase in shipments of U.S. made autos and auto parts. Imports were up a smaller 0.4 percent to $223.5 billion as oil imports slowed after huge gains earlier in the year.

    For the entire article: http://goo.gl/Blis4

  8. CR says:

    CVS Caremark Joins First Lady Michelle Obama and U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Supporting Employment Opportunities for Veterans and Military Spouses

    CVS Caremark sponsoring U.S. Chamber of Commerce “Hiring our Heroes” program; Company named as a finalist for Women Veteran and Military Spouse Employment and Mentoring award

    November 10, 2011 csrwire

    WOONSOCKET, R.I., Nov. 10 /CSRwire/ – /PRNewswire/ – CVS Caremark (NYSE: CVS) will be joining First Lady Michelle Obama and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce at the fourth annual “Business Steps Up: Hiring our Heroes” event to be held in Washington, D.C. today. CVS Caremark, a Chairman’s Circle sponsor of Hiring our Heroes, is participating in job fairs across the country as part of an effort to connect 100,000 veterans and military spouses with employment opportunities, the program’s goal. Hiring our Heroes is a year-long nationwide campaign to help veterans and their spouses find meaningful employment.

    “As a nationwide employer focused on transforming the delivery of health care services, CVS Caremark is committed to providing job opportunities and attractive career paths for members of the military. We value their experience and training as leaders, innovators and team builders and see many opportunities for veterans to make a seamless transition from the military to a career at CVS Caremark,” said David Casey, Vice President, Workforce Strategies and Chief Diversity Officer, CVS Caremark.

    A veteran of the United States Marine Corps himself, having served in Operation Desert Storm, Casey added, “I understand how important it is to have a meaningful career opportunity and to have your transferrable skills recognized by a prospective employer when you return to the civilian workforce after military service.”

    Military spouses and veterans currently work in a wide variety of positions across the CVS Caremark enterprise, including at CVS/pharmacy retail stores, distribution centers, mail order pharmacies and MinuteClinic walk-in medical clinics inside select CVS/pharmacy stores across the country. The company has also established a resource and networking group for employees who are military veterans, those currently serving and their supporters.

    For its effort to date, CVS Caremark has been named as a finalist for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Women Veteran and Military Spouse Employment and Mentoring Award.

    For the entire article: http://www.csrwire.com/press_releases/33312-CVS-Caremark-Joins-First-Lady-Michelle-Obama-and-U-S-Chamber-of-Commerce-in-Supporting-Employment-Opportunities-for-Veterans-and-Military-Spouses

  9. CR says:

    Biden to visit NH, speak at First Amendment event

    November 9, 2011 boston.com

    CONCORD, N.H.—Vice President Joe Biden will be delivering the keynote speech at the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications’ First Amendment Award event.

    Biden will be in Concord for the event Thursday, which honors the First Amendment and New Hampshire residents who strive to exercise and protect the essential rights of free speech and free press.

    It’s being held at the Capitol Center for the Arts at 7 p.m.

    Biden was last in the state last month to speak about jobs and the economy at Plymouth State University. He also filed President Barack Obama’s campaign paperwork with the secretary of state to put Obama on the upcoming presidential primary ballot.

  10. CR says:

    11:30 AM EST
    The First Lady makes remarks at the US Chamber of Commerce’s “Business Steps Up: Hiring Our Heroes” event.

    • CR says:

      November 10, 2011

      Remarks by the First Lady at a Joining Forces Announcement

      11:26 A.M. EST

      MRS. OBAMA: Thank you, everyone. (Applause.) Good morning. I want to start by thanking Kevin for that very kind introduction. And I want to thank him for his service as a Marine, and for all that he does for veterans here at the Chamber. And I also want to say hi to his mom — (laughter) — who is watching.

      I also want to recognize Administrator Karen Mills from the [SBA] for being here today, and for all of the Small Business Administration’s efforts to create jobs for our veterans. (Applause.) Absolutely.

      And of course, I want to thank the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for organizing today’s conference, and to all of the business leaders that we have here today. Thank you all for joining us today. (Applause.) Thank you all so much.

      Now, I have to say, I am excited to be here because this is a big day. This is unprecedented. Joining me here today are representatives from some of our biggest brand names and our most vibrant small businesses. We have leaders from service organizations, technology companies, and agencies from all across our government.

      And we’re all gathered here at the home of the world’s largest business federation to send one simple message to our veterans and military families: America has your back. America has your back.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/11/10/remarks-first-lady-joining-forces-announcement

    • CR says:

      November 10, 2011

      First Lady Michelle Obama Announces Major Private Sector Commitments to Hire 100,000 Veterans and Military Spouses in Support of Joining Forces

      Leading Organizations Answer President Obama’s Challenge to Private Sector to Hire & Train Veterans and Military Spouses

      Washington, D.C. – Today, in her keynote address to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Business Steps Up: Hiring our Heroes event, First Lady Michelle Obama announced that the International Franchise Association (IFA) which represents 1,100 franchises has committed to hiring 80,000 veterans and military spouses by 2014. 5,000 jobs of this commitment are promised to wounded warriors. Mrs. Obama also announced that the Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP) – which Dr. Jill Biden helped launch at the Chamber of Commerce last summer and which includes nearly 100 companies and organizations – has committed to employ 20,000 military spouses. These organizations include companies like Microsoft, Home Depot and Citi and franchises like UPS, Guidant Financial and Data Doctors. Together, the commitment by the International Franchise Association and the Military Spouse Employment Partnership represents a commitment to hire 100,000 veterans, wounded warriors and military spouses by 2014.

      The IFA and MSEP are supporting Mrs. Obama and Dr. Biden’s Joining Forces initiative and answering President Obama’s challenge to the private sector to offer jobs and career opportunities to veterans, wounded warriors and their families. Last month, the First Lady joined the President at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in announcing that the American Logistics Association (ALA) and their 270 affiliate companies committed to hiring 25,000 veterans and military spouses by 2014.

      As part of the Joining Forces program’s focus on employment, the First Lady also announced a Veterans Job Bank tool, an open online resource supported by nearly a dozen technology and job search companies, including Simply Hired, Monster, and others to help veterans and military spouses search job openings from committed employers based on their location and skills. The Job Bank is designed with a simple, easy to use approach which is why last week, companies like Guidant Financial and Data Doctors learned about the tool and were able to quickly tag their postings, now part of the 550,000+ jobs available to veterans and military spouses today.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/11/10/first-lady-michelle-obama-announces-major-private-sector-commitments-hir

  11. CR says:

    Now Streaming…

    12:00 PM EST
    Open for Questions: The White House Fellows Program
    The White House

    WhiteHouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

    • CR says:

      Open for Questions: White House Fellows

      From: whitehouse | Nov 10, 2011

      White House Fellows Program Director Cindy Moelis and former White House Fellows Dr. Anish Mahajan and Erica Jeffries answer questions about the White House Fellow application process and the Fellowship experience. November 10, 2011.

  12. CR says:

    Good Thursday morning everyone! I HOPE that you have a good day! :)

  13. CR says:

    We Can’t Wait: White House Office Hours: Matt Flavin Answers Your Questions on Twitter

    Posted by Kori Schulman on November 10, 2011

    This week, the Obama Administration announced new initiatives that will provide new resources for veterans to translate military experience to the private sector job market, give veterans additional career development support, and better identify companies looking to hire veterans. This afternoon, Congress is expected to vote on two provisions in the American Jobs Act: the Returning Heroes and Wounded Warrior Tax Credits.

    Today, Matt Flavin, Director of Veterans and Wounded Warrior Policy, is holding a session of Office Hours on Twitter to answer your questions about the . At 5:00 p.m. EST, Matt will be on the @WHLive account to answer questions and getting veterans back to work.

    Here’s how White House Office Hours work:

    Ask your questions now and during the live event on Twitter with the hashtag #WHChat
    Follow the Q&A through the @WHLive Twitter account
    If you miss the live session, the full session will be posted on WhiteHouse.gov and Storify.com/WhiteHouse
    So, stop by for Office Hours at 5:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, November 10th with Matt Flavin. Be sure to follow @WhiteHouse on twitter for the latest news and more opportunities to engage.

  14. CR says:

    Protecting Our Nation’s Youth

    Posted by Kathleen Sebelius on November 10, 2011

    For many kids, their first cigarette leads to a lifetime of addiction, and for many, serious disease. With 20 percent of U.S. high school students smoking, keeping tobacco out of the hands of minors can have a huge impact on our nation’s health now and in the future. That’s why President Obama and his Administration are committed to doing all we can to stop kids from smoking.

    We took an important step toward achieving that goal when the Food and Drug Administration issued more than 1,200 warning letters to retailers for selling tobacco to kids. The letters come after we conducted more than 27,500 inspections nationwide. Most retail store owners follow the law and don’t sell cigarettes to kids, but we’re reminding those who don’t that they have a responsibility to follow the law and that there are serious consequences if they fail to do so.

    You can search our database of inspection reports for tobacco retailers by name and location to see how your community checks out. You can also take the pledge to protect our nation’s children by supporting retailers who follow the law and do not sell cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products to youth. Let your local establishments know you appreciate their efforts to protect our kids.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/11/10/protecting-our-nation-s-youth

  15. CR says:

    FCC Offers Discounted Broadband To Low-Income Families

    11/10/11 By Barry Levine, newsfactor.com | Newsfactor.com – 21 hrs ago

    More American homes will be able to get affordable broadband access next year, thanks to a new initiative from the Federal Communications Commission. Under the program, announced Wednesday, cable companies will offer high-speed Internet service for $9.95 to homes with children who are eligible for free school lunches.

    About 35 million homes, or one-third of the U.S. population, do not have high-speed Internet access. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said in a statement that “the broadband adoption gap in the U.S. is very large, and the costs of digital exclusion are getting higher and higher.”

    Connect-to-Compete
    The average price of high-speed Net access for homes is $45 per month or higher. Twenty-five million Americans are in families whose children are eligible for federally subsidized, free school lunches.

    The program is called Connect-to-Compete, and it will be operated by a new non-profit organization by that name, which the FCC will oversee and fund, to the tune of $4 billion. The organization will launch in the spring of next year, and the program will roll out next fall.

    For the entire article: http://news.yahoo.com/fcc-offers-discounted-broadband-low-income-families-211813666.html

  16. CR says:

    No, Mitt, you didn’t care at all

    Posted by Elizabeth Chan on Thursday, November 10, 2011

    In last night’s Republican debate, Romney said he cared more than anyone on the stage about Michigan and the auto industry. You wouldn’t know it given his opposition to the successful effort President Obama pursued to get the auto industry back on its feet.

    He turned his back on an industry and a city in crisis. His belief that Detroit should go bankrupt shows he didn’t care at all.

    If you’re a middle-class American worried about losing your job, your home, or your health care, don’t look to Romney for leadership—he’s fishing for right-wing votes by promising to turn his back on you.

  17. CR says:

    Next Up…

    3:00 PM EST
    The Vice President visits with local veterans at a Manchester-area American Legion and delivers brief remarks
    Manchester, New Hampshire (Audio Only)

    WhiteHouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

  18. CR says:

    November 10, 2011

    Statement by the President on the State Department’s Keystone XL Pipeline Announcement

    November 10, 2011

    I support the State Department’s announcement today regarding the need to seek additional information about the Keystone XL Pipeline proposal. Because this permit decision could affect the health and safety of the American people as well as the environment, and because a number of concerns have been raised through a public process, we should take the time to ensure that all questions are properly addressed and all the potential impacts are properly understood. The final decision should be guided by an open, transparent process that is informed by the best available science and the voices of the American people. At the same time, my administration will build on the unprecedented progress we’ve made towards strengthening our nation’s energy security, from responsibly expanding domestic oil and gas production to nearly doubling the fuel efficiency of our cars and trucks, to continued progress in the development of a clean energy economy.

  19. tweet up says:

    WH Tweet Up

    White House Holiday Open House Tweet Up

    On Monday, December 5th, the White House is opening its doors for a holiday open house tweetup. The White House invites its followers on Twitter to sign up for their chance see the White House decorated for the holidays and also attend a briefing with Administration officials.

    Be sure to follow @WhiteHouse on Twitter. Then, apply for your chance to attend here. Be sure to let your followers know that you signed up for the #WHTweetup and tell us @WhiteHouse.

    The deadline for applying online is Friday, Nov. 11 at 5:00 PM ET.

  20. CR says:

    236 Y/O USMC

    By the Numbers: 236 Years

    Posted by Megan Slack on November 10, 2011

    Today, the United States Marine Corps celebrates its 236th birthday.

    The Marine Corps was established before the United States even ratified its Constitution–the Contintenal Congress established two battalions of Marines in 1775 to assist the fledging naval forces in the Revolutionary War. As the country grew, so did the Marines. Today’s Marine Corps helps defend our nation on the ground, in the air, and by sea, and is known as America’s Expedtionary Force in Readiness because of its ability to respond rapidly whenever the nation calls.

    Today, we thank our Marines, both active and retired, for their service and contributions in protecting our country. As we approach Veterans Day, it’s important we remember the contributions made by all our servicemembers in all branches of the military. We owe these veterans all the help we can give once they return to civilian life, including helping them find jobs in today’s tough economic times. President Obama has challenged the private sector to hire or train 100,000 veterans, and his Administration lauched a host of initiatives this week that help connect veterans with jobs and career support. Just today, Congress passed the Returning Heroes and Wounded Warrior tax credits, two pieces of the American Jobs Act that provide tax credits to businesses that hire veterans.

    We can’t wait to help our veterans, because no veteran who fought for our nation should have to fight for a job when they come home.

  21. CR says:

    November 10, 2011

    Statement from the President on Senate Vote in Favor of Tax Credits to Help Get Veterans Back to Work

    Today, Republicans and Democrats in the Senate did the right thing and passed tax credits that will encourage businesses to hire America’s veterans. Tomorrow, our nation will commemorate Veterans Day and honor the service and the sacrifice of all who have worn the uniform of the United States of America. No veteran who fought for our nation should have to fight for a job when they come home, and I urge the House to pass these tax credits as well so I can sign them into law. I also urge Congress to pass additional jobs proposals in the weeks ahead to help the millions of other Americans who are still looking for work.

  22. CR says:

    November 10, 2011

    Statement by President Obama on Progress in Russia’s WTO Accession Talks

    November 10, 2011

    I congratulate President Medvedev and his government for completing negotiations on the terms and conditions for Russia’s accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO), which were adopted today by the WTO Working Party on Russia’s accession. The outcome of today’s Working Party meeting is the last step before WTO Ministers approve these terms and invite Russia to become a WTO Member, which we expect to take place at the WTO ministerial conference on December 15-17, 2011. After nearly two decades of negotiations, Russia will now be able to join to the WTO. This is a significant day for U.S.-Russia relations, and for our commitment to a growing, rules-based global economy.

    Since the beginning of my Administration, and with increased intensity after President Medvedev and I met in Washington in June 2010, I have supported Russia’s WTO accession. Russia’s membership in the WTO will lower tariffs, improve international access to Russia’s services markets, hold the Russian government accountable to a system of rules governing trade behavior, and provide the means to enforce those rules.

    Russia’s membership in the WTO will generate more exports for American manufacturers and farmers, which in turn will support well-paying jobs in the United States.

    Russia also is opening its services market in sectors that are priorities to American companies, including audio-visual, telecommunications, financial services, computer and retail services.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/11/10/statement-president-obama-progress-russias-wto-accession-talks

    • CR says:

      November 10, 2011

      Statement by the Press Secretary on the Bombings in South Sudan

      The United States strongly condemns the aerial bombardment by the Sudan Armed Forces of the town of Yida in South Sudan. Yida is located inside South Sudan and hosts more than 20,000 refugees who have fled the ongoing conflict in the Sudanese state of Southern Kordofan. International humanitarian workers and United Nations staff have been working to provide food and shelter for these refugees. This bombing of civilians and humanitarian workers is an outrageous act, and those responsible must be held accountable for their actions.

      This abhorrent attack follows other aerial bombardments undertaken by the Sudan Armed Forces on November 8 near the international border. These provocative aerial bombardments greatly increase the potential for direct confrontation between Sudan and South Sudan.

      The United States demands the Government of Sudan halt aerial bombardments immediately. We urge the Government of South Sudan to exercise restraint in responding to this provocation to prevent further escalation of hostilities.

      The United States calls on the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North to immediately resume negotiations on a cessation of hostilities and resume political talks toward political and security arrangements for Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile..

  23. CR says:

    November 10, 2011
    Readout of the President’s Calls with President Napolitano, Chancellor Merkel, and President Sarkozy

    President Obama called Italian President Napolitano today to express his confidence in President Napolitano’s leadership and to offer support for the President’s decisive action at this challenging time. President Obama also spoke separately with German Chancellor Merkel and French President Sarkozy, continuing their close consultations on the European financial crisis.

  24. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Good and HOPEful Thursday, a little late, CR and all friends!

    >^..^<

    Now, I wonder if any Washington voter who cast a YES ballot for Initiative 1183 is regretting it, because the vote to close state liquor stores and let grocery chains and other retailers sell hard liquor will throw over 900 state employees out of work. Costco is one of the companies that will profit from the new alcohol revenue. They say they will offer job interviews to those workers, but they won't guarantee employment:

    http://bit.ly/tTLS62

    The state GOP urged party members to vote YES and throw over 900 of their fellow citizens out of a job.

    The state Democrats urged a NO vote, of course!

    • CR says:

      Good and HOPEful Thursday Kat! I am sorry to hear that this election result will lose Washington State all those jobs.

  25. Kat 4 Obama says:

    More Washington news:

    San Juan Islands included in Obama administration proposal for 18 new wilderness protections

    The Obama administration is calling for 18 new wilderness and conservation area declarations in nine Western states, according to a report released Thursday by the secretary of the Interior that he hopes will result in new legislation from Congress establishing the new land protections….

    They include creation of San Juan Islands National Conservation Area in Washington, protections for New Mexico’s Rio Grande del Norte and 16 other sites….

    The proposal is the latest plank in what the administration is calling the America’s Great Outdoors initiative.

    Representatives from all 50 states were asked to identify specific projects in which the federal government could form partnerships as part of the America’s Great Outdoors Initiative. The conservation plans are meant to protect public land, encourage more people to enjoy the outdoors and bolster employment in tourism and recreation….

    http://bit.ly/v0eQZx

  26. CR says:

    Next Up…

    7:00 PM EST
    The Vice President delivers keynote remarks at the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications First Amendment Award Event
    Concord, New Hampshire

    WhiteHouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    CSPAN http://www.c-span.org/Events/VP-Biden-Speaks-in-NH/10737425391/

  27. CR says:

    WH

    Friday, November 11 , 2011

    All Times Eastern

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    9:30 AM
    The President and First Lady Michelle Obama host a breakfast with veterans.
    East Room
    Closed Press

    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    The President participates in a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. First Lady Michelle Obama attends.
    Arlington National Cemetery
    Open to pre-credentialed media

    11:15 AM
    The President delivers remarks at Arlington National Cemetery.
    Arlington National Cemetery
    Open to pre-credentialed media

    12:00 PM
    12:30 PM
    The Vice President and Dr Jill Biden participates and deliver remarks at the 52nd annual Media Veterans Day parade in Media, Pa.
    Media, Pennsylvania
    Open Press

    1:00 PM
    1:05 PM
    The President departs the White House en route to Joint Base Andrews.
    South Lawn
    Open Press

    1:20 PM
    The President departs Joint Base Andrews en route to San Diego, Calif.
    Travel Pool Coverage

    2:00 PM
    3:00 PM
    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    6:00 PM
    6:25 PM
    The President arrives San Diego, Calif.
    Local Event Time: 3:25 PST
    Naval Base Coronado
    Open Press

    7:00 PM
    The Vice President delivers remarks at the unveiling of the statue of the Horse Soldier at the Winter Garden at The World Financial Center
    New York City
    Open Press

    7:05 PM
    The President delivers remarks at the Carrier Classic on the deck of the USS Carl Vinson
    Local Event Time: 4:05 PM PST
    USS Carl Vinson
    Pooled Press

    7:15 PM
    The President attends the Carrier Classic on the deck of the USS Carl Vinson.
    Local Event Time: 4:15 PM PST
    USS Carl Vinson
    Travel Pool Coverage

    8:00 PM
    8:30 PM
    The President is interviewed by Jim Gray of Westwood One.
    Local Event Time: 5:30 PM PST
    USS Carl Vinson
    Closed Press

    9:00 PM
    The President is interviewed by Andy Katz of ESPN.
    Local Event Time: 6:00 PM PST
    USS Carl Vinson
    Closed Press

    9:50 PM
    The President departs San Diego, Calif., en route to Honolulu, Hawaii to attend the APEC Summit in Honolulu
    Local Event Time: 6:50PM PST
    Naval Base Coronado
    Open Press

    10:00 PM

    • CR says:

      POTUS podium

      November 11, 2011

      WhiteHouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

      11:00 AM EST
      The President participates in a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. First Lady Michelle Obama attends.

      11:15 AM EST
      The President delivers remarks at Arlington National Cemetery.

      12:30 PM EST
      The Vice President and Dr Jill Biden participates and deliver remarks at the 52nd annual Media Veterans Day parade in Media, Pa.
      Media, Pennsylvania (Audio Only)

      7:00 PM EST
      The Vice President delivers remarks at the unveiling of the statue of the Horse Soldier at the Winter Garden at The World Financial Center
      New York City (Audio Only)

      7:05 PM EST
      The President delivers remarks at the Carrier Classic on the deck of the USS Carl Vinson
      USS Carl Vinson

      —-

      CNN http://live.cnn.com

      11:00 AM EST
      The President participates in a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. First Lady Michelle Obama attends.

      11:15 AM EST
      The President delivers remarks at Arlington National Cemetery.

      —-

      CSPAN http://www.cspan.org/

      11:00 AM EST
      The President participates in a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. First Lady Michelle Obama attends. http://www.c-span.org/Events/President-to-Honor-Nations-Veterans/10737425446/

      11:15 AM EST
      The President delivers remarks at Arlington National Cemetery. http://www.c-span.org/Events/President-to-Honor-Nations-Veterans/10737425446/

  28. CR says:

    Make It In America: Maintaining Our Lead in Manufacturing

    Posted by David Hart on November 10, 2011

    Last week the White House recognized a number of people who “Make It In America” — individuals and businesses working to create high-quality jobs in America. Companies like Lighting Science Group, a leading LED lighting company, and UEC, which manufactures the GREENS power system for the US Marine Corps, show why the United States remains the largest manufacturing economy in the world. We salute these Champions of Change and everyone else who is “making it in America”!

    Revitalizing American manufacturing is a top priority for the Obama Administration. As President Obama has said, “If we want a robust, growing economy, we need a robust, growing manufacturing sector.” In its June 2011 report on “Ensuring American Leadership in Advanced Manufacturing,” the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) recommended that the President launch a “whole of government” effort to encourage advanced manufacturing. A keystone outcome was the launch of the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP), a government-university-industry collaboration that was announced by the President at Carnegie-Mellon University in June.

    PCAST’s AMP Steering Committee has embarked on a series of regional meetings and launched a website to hear from stakeholders about what it takes to make it in America and how the Federal government, industry, and academia can work together to make America’s manufacturers even more competitive. AMP’s first regional meeting took place last month in Atlanta at Georgia Tech. (Click here for the video.) Some 250 stakeholders, ranging from family-owned manufacturers to global companies, along with researchers, economic development experts from state and local government, and leaders of key Federal programs gathered to share their ideas. Upcoming meetings in Boston on November 28, the Bay Area of California on December 5, and Ann Arbor, Michigan on December 12 will expand and enrich the discussion. These meetings are open to any person or organization wishing to share their ideas with the AMP Steering Committee. The AMP Steering Committee also invites interested parties to provide their views through the AMP website.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/11/10/make-it-america-maintaining-our-lead-manufacturing

  29. CR says:

    Victory at last
    Obama sees hope in Senate vote

    11/10/11 By ALEX BYERS – POLITICO44

    It might be a relatively small victory, but President Obama had reason to set aside the “do-nothing Congress” mantra for a brief moment this afternoon.

    The Senate approved two components of his jobs package on Thursday, voting 94-1 to pass a tax credit for firms that hire unemployed or disabled veterans and supporting a House-passed measure repealing a rule that withholds a small portion of payments to contractors.

    Obama has repeatedly bashed Republicans – senators in particular – over the past few weeks for holding up his jobs bill. But he gave legislators credit Thursday for agreeing on something.

    “Today, Republicans and Democrats in the Senate did the right thing and passed tax credits that will encourage businesses to hire America’s veterans,” Obama said in a statement.

    Of course, the White House isn’t satisfied just yet. The Republican-led House still needs to approve the tax credits before Obama can sign the measure, and the president still made his push for more progress on the rest of the jobs bill.

    He said: “No veteran who fought for our nation should have to fight for a job when they come home, and I urge the House to pass these tax credits as well so I can sign them into law. I also urge Congress to pass additional jobs proposals in the weeks ahead to help the millions of other Americans who are still looking for work.”

  30. CR says:

    Honoring our Nation’s Veterans

    11/11/11 Defense Secretary Panetta – defense.gov

    Veterans Day is the day the American people set aside for honoring those, past and present, who’ve served our nation in uniform.

    Since our nation’s founding, American service members have stepped forward to safeguard liberty for future generations. And during the ten years since 9/11, another generation has answered this call to fight and sacrifice on foreign soil. They have done all that was asked of them and more. And as a result, on this Veterans Day, we are closer to prevailing in today’s fights.

    In Iraq, we are ending our combat presence this year, and Iraqis are now prepared to govern and defend their own country, which will act as a force for stability in a vital region of the world. In Afghanistan, our men and women are turning back an insurgency and building up Afghan security forces to prevent that country from ever again serving as a sanctuary for al Qaeda or its affiliates to threaten our homeland. In Libya, our forces supported a NATO operation that protected the Libyan people from a brutal dictator, who will never again be able to threaten his citizens or undermine international security. And on terrorism, we have significantly weakened Al Qaeda and its allies, decimated their leadership, and kept American safer.

    This progress would not be possible without the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform, and also of the families who love and support them. I’m delighted that President Obama designated November as Military Family Month, encouraging Americans to do more to recognize and support these great patriots.

    For the entire article: http://www.defense.gov/home/features/2011/0711_message1/

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    Secretary of Defense Delivers Message to Veterans

    Uploaded by DODvClips on Nov 9, 2011

    Leon Panetta, Secretary of Defense, delivers a message to veterans and troops for Veterans Day.

  31. CR says:

    Remarks by Secretary Eric K. Shinseki
    Message from the Secretary of Veterans Affairs: Veterans Day 2011

    November 10, 2011

    Tomorrow, at the 11th hour, on the 11th day, of the 11th month of 2011, we will pause to honor America’s Veterans and celebrate their contributions to our way of life. Few have given more to our Nation than the men and women who have served in our Armed Forces in peace and in war.

    Generation after generation—from Bunker Hill and Bennington to Baghdad and Abbottabad—protected, defended, and preserved the principles and ideals that define our democracy. Across that remarkable sweep of history, today’s America was shaped at Lexington and Concord, Antietam and Gettysburg, in the skies over Midway, on the beaches of Normandy, in winter’s grip at Chosin Reservoir, in the heat of Ia Drang Valley, from the Persian Gulf into Afghanistan and Iraq by those who wore our Nation’s uniforms. Over twenty-two million living Veterans today embody our exceptional character and values as a people—each a line in our Nation’s history, but together many chapters towards today’s future.

    The Department of Veterans Affairs fulfills its obligation to serve Veterans, their families, and survivors of the fallen by living a set of core values defining who we are as an organization: Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect, and Excellence—I CARE. Veterans trust that we will live these values, every day, in our medical facilities, our benefits offices, and our national cemeteries. And VA is committed to serving them. We are privileged to provide the very best in compassionate and quality care and services, delivered by our more than 300,000 employees.

    As we honor and celebrate the contributions of all of our Nation’s Veterans, we take special pride in those Veterans who work here at VA—over 100,000 of us—bringing to our mission the skills, knowledge, attributes, experiences, and unwavering commitment to the well-being of our fellow Veterans. Take a moment and visit VA’s Flicker site to see our photographs and snapshots from earlier times in uniform. You can access those photos today at:http://www.flickr.com/photos/VeteransAffairs/sets/72157627830104759/

  32. CR says:

    How to Help Vets After Veterans Day

    November 8, 2011 by Brian McGough – va.gov

    When I was in basic training, my drill sergeants would always say, “Don’t thank me, thank your recruiter” when I thanked for them for teaching me something or helping me out. I didn’t understand it at the time, and it seemed a little odd to me. I get it now. Drill sergeants are bombarded by a thousand “Thank yous” a day from privates who have no idea about how to do anything or what the Army is even about. They didn’t want privates to thank them, they wanted us to learn and they wanted us to take action.

    This Veterans Day, I am taking that lesson that was taught to me in the desolate Ft. Sill landscape and using it again.

    Don’t just thank me for my service, do something.

    There are myriad things anyone can do to thank me and those like me for our service without uttering the oft-used and often empty, “Thank you for your service.”

    * Help a homeless Vet
    Look into ways to help Veterans in need in your community and surrounding ones. Veterans still have a high rate of homelessness. Secretary Shinseki has made it a priority to end Veteran homelessness, but we need help from local communities to accomplish that worthy goal. Research a charity in your area that helps the homeless or take some time to give out food and supplies at a shelter.

    * Hire a Vet
    Veterans are especially hard hit in these tough economic times. If you own a company, hire a Vet. Get involved with organizations that give Veterans job training or provide opportunities for Vets to interview and be placed in a job. Know a Vet that needs some help with a job? Give that Vet some help with a resume, job search tips and interview help.

    * Do something for our wounded Veterans
    There are tons of organizations that help our wounded troops. Do the research and find one that is reputable and do what you can to help. Some organizations even have coupons that you can use when you go to the grocery store that give you a discount and give some money back to the organization. Use ‘em. Buy that extra deodorant. You know you will need it eventually.

    * Get informed on national, state and local VA issues
    Do the research. Look things up. Inform yourself. And vote. Get to know your Members of Congress and Senators, a good number of them host Veterans events. See if you can help out there.

    So this Veterans day, don’t just thank me. Do something to get involved, do something for all of the men and women who served. Just try not to be too offended if I say “Don’t thank me, thank my recruiter.” I’ll try not to be too offended if you still feel the need to say thanks.

    Brian McGough is a Veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. He was wounded in Mosul, Iraq and now works for the Department of Veterans Affairs in the Office of Congressional and Legislative Affairs.

  33. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Here is an interesting editorial from Telegraph.co.uk:

    For all the wars we have fought, Britain still has much to learn

    by Fraser Nelson

    Despite ministers’ best efforts, we still lag far behind America in caring for our war veterans.

    …. For the first time in more than a generation, Britain has a sizeable community of young veterans. But it does not yet have the apparatus to support them. There are now more than 190,000 people who served in Iraq or Afghanistan, of whom 50,000 saw active service. While David Cameron has cut military spending, he has been keen to prioritise veterans’ welfare, with his Military Covenant passing a duty of care into law. But he still does not know precisely what support is needed – and how best his unwieldy government machine can provide it. While Americans had the Vietnam conflict, which taught them how to deal with the mass demobilisation of young men, Britain’s understanding of the problem is still in its infancy….

    …. America has produced a wealth of literature on post-traumatic stress disorder and its attendant problems, and has a whole industry based on detecting and treating its sufferers. But the issue still seems to surprise our authorities….

    The wholehearted public support has at least led to a number of excellent and entrepreneurial ex-service charities being set up. But their funding is vulnerable…. Britain needs a dedicated ministry for veterans, similar to America’s, with regional centres and staff who can advise on anything from housing issues to employment advice, as well as co-ordinate with the network of service charities who seem very much here to stay….

    http://tgr.ph/uXPTky

  34. Kat 4 Obama says:

    VETERANS: Senator Murray’s Landmark Veterans Employment Bill Passes Senate

    Nov 10 2011

    Two year effort that began with conversations across Washington state with unemployed veterans results in major comprehensive bill to put veterans to work

    (Washington, D.C.) – Today, by a vote of 95-0, the Senate passed landmark legislation authored by U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) to put America’s veterans back to work. Murray, Chairman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, introduced the basis of this comprehensive bill in May of this year after traveling throughout Washington state to talk to veterans, employers, and experts about the barriers veterans face in finding employment. The legislation is designed to help put veterans back to work by providing job skills training as they leave the military and by easing the training and certification process veterans face. The bill comes on the eve of Veterans Day, at a time when nearly one million American veterans are unemployed.

    The bill passed today, the VOW to Hire Heroes Act, combines provisions of Senator Murray’s original Hiring Heroes Act of 2011 with a tax credit for employers that hire veterans and job training assistance for veterans from earlier eras.

    “This is a huge victory for our veterans who have returned home only to have to fight to find work to support themselves and their families,” said Senator Murray. “Our veterans have the drive, discipline, and self confidence to succeed in any workplace. But for too long at the end of their career we’ve patted them on the back for their service and pushed them out into the job market alone. This bill takes a huge step forward in rethinking the way we treat our men and women in uniform after they leave the military by helping them to translate the skills they learned in the military into careers and by giving employers even more incentive to hire veterans. Veterans across Washington state were instrumental in crafting this bill and deserve tremendous credit today.”

    Video and more details at the link:

    http://murray.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/newsreleases?ID=74ff2a37-d6a1-4387-87e2-81ad6016c766

  35. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Senator Murray earlier released a statement calling for the bill’s passage:

    …. The “VOW to Hire Heroes Act” includes Republican and Democratic ideas because getting our veterans the financial security and dignity a job provides should never be partisan.

    For too long in this country we have patted our veterans on the back for their service and then pushed them out into the job market alone.

    With this bill we are giving our veterans the job skills to get their foot in the door and incentivizing employers to make sure that door is open to them.

    Day after day our men and women in uniform have responded to the call of duty with honor and integrity.

    They are our family, our friends, our neighbors and our heroes.

    And for this, we must show our gratitude – not just on Veterans Day, but every day.

    As Chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, I will continue to fight on their behalf to ensure that America’s veterans are cared for both on and off the battlefield.

    Full text and video here:
    http://murray.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/newsreleases?ID=863e78a6-4ba0-4428-90ca-9dd15175b603

  36. CR says:

    West Wing Week: 11/11/11 or “Super Duper Space Wrench”

    From: whitehouse | Nov 10, 2011

    Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that’s happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. This week, the President attended the G-20 Summit in France, announced new efforts to help put veterans back to work, ordered reforms of Head Start Programs, signed an executive order to cut waste in government, and welcomed the President of Portugal. That’s November 4th to November 10th or “Super Duper Space Wrench.”‘

  37. CR says:

    Joining Forces logo

    Welcoming Our Veterans Home – In Style

    Posted by Darienne Page on October 28, 2011

    The President launched his Veterans Employment Initiative, challenging the private sector to hire or train 100,000 Veterans and their spouses by the end of 2013 and proposing Returning Heroes and Wounded Warrior tax credits for businesses that take up that challenge. The President is adamant about solving the issue of unemployment, especially for those that have served our country.

    Executive Director and Founder of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America Paul Rieckhoff reflects on the President’s commitment to resolving veteran unemployment.

    On Friday, President Obama announced that America is bringing our troops home from Iraq. That’s welcome news for thousands of troops and their families. But as a country, we need to make sure that we welcome them home with more than just a pat on the back.

    Everyday, I talk to Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans who are struggling to find good jobs. Even with the staggeringly high rate of Veteran unemployment, these stories should shock us. Our Veterans are motivated, technologically savvy, independent and have leadership experience in some of the toughest environments in the world. I look at these Vets and see leaders that any company should be fighting to have on their team. Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan have the potential to lead their companies – and our country – for years to come.

    This is why the First Lady and Dr. Biden started the Joining Forces initiative. They understand that we must work to ensure our Veterans and their families receive the benefits and opportunities they have earned. The President knows this too, which is why this summer he launched his Veterans Employment Initiative, challenging the private sector to hire or train 100,000 Veterans and their spouses by the end of 2013 and proposing Returning Heroes and Wounded Warrior tax credits for businesses that take up that challenge. The President understands that our Veterans are among our most valuable resources as we work to out-educate, out-innovate, and out-build the rest of the world.

    In this spirit, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) has launched our Combat to Career Program. We aim to bring the private, nonprofit and public sectors together to create jobs for our newest Veterans and provide these leaders with the tools they need to launch their civilian careers. It’s about engaging the corporate sector to hire new Veterans. It’s about pushing leaders in Washington to pass targeted jobs legislation. And it’s about leaders like President Obama and the First Lady who have made Veteran employment a priority.

    And we’re thrilled to announce another influential leader has joined the fight against Veteran unemployment. IAVA and JCPenney just launched an innovative joint program called “Welcome Heroes.” This program provides over $1 million in free certificates for new Veterans to purchase business attire and apparel at JCPenney, either in their local store or online. Over six thousand service members and Veterans will be eligible for the $200 gift certificates (IAVA members can visit TheRucksack.org to enter to receive their certificates; non-member Veterans can register for free IAVA membership on our web site).

    Together, with continuing commitments like this and others we have seen from the private sector, we can lower the unemployment rate for our newest generation of Veterans. They’ve sacrificed for us during over ten years of war. And now, as we work to rebuild America’s economy, it only makes sense for us to invest in our New Greatest Generation.

    To learn more about what you can do to help our Veterans and military families, check out JoiningForces.gov. You can find volunteer projects, write letters to the troops, share personal stories, and more. Only one percent of our population serves in uniform, but we can all pitch in to show our appreciation and help uphold our country’s obligations to these heroes.

  38. CR says:

    November 04, 2011

    Vice President Biden, Dr. Jill Biden to Travel to Pennsylvania and New York on Veterans Day

    WASHINGTON, D.C.— On Friday, November 11th, the Vice President and Dr. Biden will travel to Pennsylvania and New York to attend events in honor of Veterans Day.

    In the afternoon, they will travel to Media, Pennsylvania, to participate in the Media Veterans Day Parade.

    Afterwards, the Vice President and Dr. Biden will travel to New York City to join veterans, service members, U.S. Special Operations Forces, ‘Horse Soldier’ veterans, and their families at the unveiling of the Horse Soldier statue in the Winter Garden at the World Financial Center. The statue was created to commemorate the role of the Special Forces in the early stages of Operation Enduring Freedom in response to the September 11th, 2001 attacks. The Vice President will deliver remarks.

  39. CR says:

    Obama observing Veterans Day with Arlington rites

    11/11/11 AP – 3 hrs ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is taking part inVeterans Day observances in Washington and San Diego before heading to Hawaii for an Asia-Pacific summit.

    The president is hosting a veterans breakfast Friday at the White House, then laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns before speaking at a Veterans Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. Soon after, Obama flies to California to take part in the first-ever Carrier Classic, basketball game between Michigan Stateand No. 1 North Carolina aboard the USS Carl Vinson.

    The Veterans Day observances come a day after the Senate approved Obama’s call for a tax credit for those who hire jobless veterans. In a written statement, he said the vote is a fitting way to help honor those who’ve served their country.

  40. CR says:

    Good Veterans Day! Thank you to all service men and women and all veterans for all that you do for our country!

  41. Good morning CR and everyone. HOPE you all have a great Veterans’ Day.

    Please join me in lighting a candle for our President, and for all those who serve and have served our country.

    http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=PBO

  42. CR says:

    9:30 AM EST
    The President and First Lady Michelle Obama host a breakfast with veterans.

  43. CR says:

    Next Up..

    11:00 AM EST
    The President participates in a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. First Lady Michelle Obama attends.

    11:15 AM EST
    The President delivers remarks at Arlington National Cemetery.

    WhiteHouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    CSPAN http://www.c-span.org/Events/President-to-Honor-Nations-Veterans/10737425446/

    • CR says:

      November 11, 2011

      Remarks by the President on Veterans Day

      Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia

      11:40 A.M. EST

      THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, Ric Shinseki, for your extraordinary service to our country and your tireless commitment to our veterans; to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta; to Chairman Dempsey and Mrs. Dempsey; to our wonderful veterans service organizations for the extraordinary work that you do for our nation’s heroes; to all who tend to and watch over this sacred cemetery; and above all, to every active duty member, Guardsman, Reservist, and veteran of the United States Armed Forces.

      There are many honors and responsibilities that come with this job. But none are more humbling than serving as your Commander-in-Chief. And I’m proud to be with so many of you here today.

      Here, where our heroes come to rest, we come to show our gratitude. A few moments ago, I laid a wreath to pay tribute to all who have given their lives to our country. For even though this is a day we rightly honor America’s veterans, we gather today in solemn respect -– mindful that we are guests here; mindful that we share this hallowed space with a family’s moment of quiet grief; mindful that many veterans not far from here are tracing their fingers over black granite for friends who never came home –- and expect us to do all we can to bring every missing American service member home to their families.

      To all our nation’s veterans: Whether you fought in Salerno or Samarra, Khe Sanh or the Korengal, you are part of an unbroken chain of men and women who have served this country with honor and distinction. On behalf of a proud and grateful nation, we thank you.

      When I spoke here on this day two years ago, I said there would be a day before long when this generation of servicemen and women would begin to step out of uniform. And I made them a promise. I said that when your tour ends, when you see our flag, when you touch our soil -– you will be home in an America that is forever here for you, just as you’ve been there for us. (Applause.)

      For many, that day has come. Over the past decade, more than 5 million Americans have worn the uniform of the United States Armed Forces. Of these, 3 million stepped forward after the attacks of September 11th, knowing full well that they could be sent into harm’s way. And in that time, they have served in some of the world’s most dangerous places. Their service has been selfless. Their accomplishments have been extraordinary.

      In Iraq, they have battled a brutal insurgency, trained new security forces and given the Iraqi people the opportunity to forge a better future. In Afghanistan, they have pushed back the Taliban, decimated al Qaeda, and delivered the ultimate justice to Osama bin Laden. In concert with our allies, they have helped end Qaddafi’s brutal dictatorship and returned Libya to its people.

      Because of their incredible efforts, we can stand here today and say with confidence -– the tide of war is receding. In just a few weeks, the long war in Iraq will finally come to an end. (Applause.) Our transition in Afghanistan is moving forward. My fellow Americans, our troops are coming home. (Applause.)

      For many military families, this holiday season will be a season of homecomings. And over the next five years, more than 1 million Americans in uniform will transition back to civilian life, joining the nearly 3 million who have done so over the past decade and embraced a proud new role, the role of veteran.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/11/11/remarks-president-veterans-day

  44. CR says:

    Consumer sentiment rises on better outlook in November

    11/11/11 By Leah Schnurr, Editing by Chizu Nomiyama | Reuters – 10 mins ago

    NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. consumer sentiment rose to its highest level in five months in early November as Americans felt better about the economic outlook, a survey released on Friday showed.

    The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan’s preliminary reading on the overall index on consumer sentiment rose to 64.2 from 60.9 the month before, topping the median forecast of 61.5 among economists polled by Reuters.

    The survey’s gauge of consumer expectations climbed to 56.2 from 51.8. While respondents were no more positive about the current state of the economy, they were less likely to expect it to worsen in the year ahead, the survey said.

    The survey’s barometer of current economic conditions nudged up to 76.6 from 75.1.

    All three main indexes were at their highest level since June.

    For the entire article: http://goo.gl/PC9ig

  45. CR says:

    Rep. Gabrielle Giffords Rejected Staff Request to Skip Meeting Where She Was Shot

    11/11/11 By COLLEEN CURRY | ABC News – 1 hr 34 mins ago

    The night before Gabrielle Giffords was shot, she sent an email to her husband and a friend, bemoaning the state of politics in Arizona.

    “My poor state!” she wrote. “The nut jobs have stolen it away from the good people of Arizona.”

    The nut jobs, who in the past months had shot out the glass doors and windows of Giffords office, were beginning to worry the congresswoman, according to the new book Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope, written by Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly. But Giffords forged ahead, meeting with constituents to hear their concerns.

    Giffords’ office had been flooded with violent phone calls and e-mails during the health care debate in 2010. The congresswoman had been threatened and called derogatory names, and her staffers had feared for their safety.

    At a meet-and-greet at a Tucson supermarket in 2009, as protesters shouted Giffords down over the controversial health care law, a gun slipped from someone’s holster and slid across the floor toward Giffords and her staff.

    “That was a scary moment for Gabby and her staffers,” Kelly writes. “They realized people could be coming to (Congress on Your Corner) events armed.”

    But on Jan. 5, as she was sworn into her third term in Congress, Giffords decided that despite the danger, she would have another Congress on Your Corner event at the same supermarket, just three days later.

    “Why don’t you take Saturday to yourself?” Kelly recounts her chief of staff, Pia Carusone urging. “Give yourself a break.”

    “No,” Giffords replied. “Let’s do it. Let’s hear what people think of everything.”

    The Democratic congresswoman was not going to let the growing signs of menace keep her away from constituents. At the same time she was making a point to stay away from the violent rhetoric and the deeply partisan spirit that had overtaken Washington.

    After a health care reform opponent shot out the windows and doors of Giffords’ Tucson office in 2010, she had told MSNBC viewers that violence had no place in politics.

    Determined to display a bipartisan spirit, Giffords waited in a line full of Republicans to shake the hand of new House Majority Leader John Boehner. Though many other Democrats decided not to show up, Giffords said she wanted to respect the office of majority leader. She and Boehner posed for a picture together, Republican and Democrat, side-by- side.

    Giffords also recorded a robo-call while in Washington that would be distributed to 20,000 people back home, in the vicinity of the Tuscon Safeway grocery store where she would hold the Congress on Your Corner meet-and-greet. The call would reach the home of Jared Loughner, a troubled constituent who had attended a Giffords event in the past.

    “This is Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and I hope to meet you in person this Saturday,” Giffords said cheerfully into the phone, offering the exact time and place to meet their representative that Saturday.

    For the entire article: http://news.yahoo.com/rep-gabrielle-giffords-rejected-staff-request-skip-meeting-161702783.html

    —————

    Watch “Gabby and Mark: Courage and Hope,” a Diane Sawyer Exclusive on Monday, Nov. 14 at 10 p.m. ET / 9 p.m. CT on ABC.

  46. CR says:

    Now Streaming…

    12:30 PM EST
    The Vice President and Dr Jill Biden participates and deliver remarks at the 52nd annual Media Veterans Day parade in Media, Pa. Media, Pennsylvania (Audio Only)

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

  47. CR says:

    November 11, 2011

    Veterans Day Op-ed by Vice President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden

    The full text of the op-ed by Vice President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden is printed below. The piece, published in various outlets across the country today, can be read online HERE.

    The Battle Veterans Face After War
    By Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden
    November 11, 2011

    Today is Veterans Day, the day we honor the military service and sacrifice of all the veterans who have served this nation. Because of the incredible courage of the 9/11 generation, the tide of war is receding and America is more secure than a decade ago.

    Next month, we will end the war in Iraq, bringing all of our troops home by the end of this calendar year. In Afghanistan, our brave forces are transferring responsibility to the Afghans. They too will be home within two years.

    But as our service members return to their families, many are discovering a new battlefield as they leave the military and search for civilian employment opportunities.

    After serving two, three, four, and even five tours of duty for their country, these young men and women are forced to fight for jobs when they return. That’s not only morally wrong, it’s a terrible waste for our country. We’ve seen the 9/11 generation of American service members in Iraq and Afghanistan. They have skills across the spectrum.

    We have 25 year-old Sergeants leading soldiers into the chaos of battle, responsible for bringing them home alive; we have 24 year-old Lieutenants flying multi-million dollar jets; we have 21 year-old sailors who are entrusted with helping to maneuver nuclear submarines and aircraft carriers. There is literally no challenge too great. Nothing they cannot do. Employers everywhere should be competing to hire them.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/11/11/veterans-day-op-ed-vice-president-biden-and-dr-jill-biden

  48. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Service birthdays:

    TalkingPointsMemo.com notes that Nov. 9 was the 236th birthday of the U.S. Marines. June 14 will be the 237th birthday of the U.S. Army.

    http://bit.ly/rGDVkE

  49. CR says:

    Helping Veterans Get Back to Work: Matt Colvin

    Posted by Megan Slack on November 11, 2011

    Matt Colvin joined the Air Force on September 11, 2001. During his two tours in Afghanistan he participated in more than 80 combat missions He left the military in 2007 and today works with an organization called Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, which helps support veterans once they leave active duty, and is working toward a bachelor’s degree in business through the Post 9/11 GI Bill.

    Colvin says that, as a result of their military training, veterans have “endless” skills that make them ideal employees for civilian businesses and that provisions in the American Jobs Act will help our heroes maximize those talents.

    “I think it’s absolutely important that the government is going to do—and especially President Obama and Congress—are going to do everything in their power to be able to really help vets transition into what the civilian workforce needs. They’re the people that are really going to make a difference, and the people that can take leadership roles and really grow a lot of these small businesses, and business in general.”

    President Obama knows we can’t wait to help unemployed veterans get jobs. He’s challenged private sector employers to hire or train 100,000 veterans, and his Administration has introduced a host of initiatives to help connect veterans with job listings and career support. And, the Senate has already passed two key pieces of the American Jobs Act, the Wounded Warriors and Returning Heroes tax credits, which will provide tax credits to businesses that hire veterans.

    Read more:

    Read the story of Navy veteran Eric Smith, who has more than five years experience as a military medic, but works today as a hospital janitor.

    To view the video: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/11/11/helping-veterans-get-back-work-matt-colvin

  50. CR says:

    We Can’t Wait: Small Business Owners on the American Jobs Act

    From: whitehouse | Nov 11, 2011

    Small Business owners talk about the provisions of the American Jobs Act that are important to the growth of their businesses and how it will help them create jobs and put more money in the pocket of their employees. Read the bill at http://whitehouse.gov/jobsact

  51. CR says:

    Saluting our veterans

    November 11, 2011 Posted by Alex Cornell du Houx; State Representative, Brunswick, Maine; USMC and Iraq Veteran – democrats.org

    When I returned from my deployment with the Marines, so many in my company came home to no job and to an uncertain future. We are fortunate that some jobs are being created, but the unemployment rate for veterans is still more than 25 percent higher than the national average.

    Our veterans should never come home to an uncertain future or struggle to make ends meet—especially after dedicating themselves to making America stronger.

    As commander-in-chief, President Obama is honoring our veterans by putting forward two pieces of the American Jobs Act that would provide tax credits to businesses that hire unemployed and disabled veterans and expand job training for those newly back from war. His plan is fully paid for in a way that both parties support.

    Yesterday the Senate unanimously passed this legislation in a 95–0 vote. The House will be voting next week.

    In addition President Obama is immediately taking action by implementing three programs that will help veterans transition into the civilian world and find employment:

    Veteran Gold Card: Post-9/11 veterans are now able to download the Veteran Gold Card, which entitles them to enhanced services, including six months of personalized case management, assessments, and counseling at the roughly 3,000 One-Stop Career Centers located across the country. This could help serve the more than 200,000 unemployed post-9/11 veterans.

    My Next Move for Veterans: The Department of Labor will launch My Next Move for Veterans, a new online resource that allows veterans to enter their military occupation code and discover civilian occupations for which they are well qualified. The site will also include information about salaries, apprenticeships, and other related education and training programs.

    Creating a Veterans Job Bank: The administration will launch the Veterans Jobs Bank at National Resource Directory, an easy-to-use tool to help veterans find job postings from companies looking to hire them. It already searches more than 500,000 job postings and is growing. In a few easy steps, companies can make sure the job postings on their own websites are part of this Veterans Jobs Bank.

    Barack Obama
    Veterans and Military Families

  52. CR says:

    Helping Veterans Get Back to Work: Maria Canales

    Posted by Colleen Curtis on November 11, 2011

    Maria Canales joined the Army in 2002, when she was 22 years old. First stationed in Germany, the Brooklyn, NY native, served in Iraq from October 2005 through October 2006. Although she left the Army in 2007, Canales did not find a job until October 2011.

    Looking for work in the private sector was challenging. “I didn’t really know how they were going to perceive my experience. I could not translate my military skills well enough to get a job offer.” But now that she is working in a related field, Canales is using what she learned in the Army every day.

    She says the initiatives announced this week by President Obama – the Veterans Job Bank, My Next Move for Veterans and the Veterans Gold Card – are extremely important.

    “Not everyone has a support system, not everyone knows exactly what to do when they come home. They are coming back with lots of uncertainty and don’t know exactly who to reach out to. When we have a plan for them before they get out then we are doing the right thing for every veteran who is coming home.”

    Read the story of Navy veteran Eric Smith, who has more than five years experience as a military medic, but works today as a hospital janitor.

  53. CR says:

    ‘Steve Jobs’: Profiling An Ingenious Perfectionist

    11/11/11 Ira Flatow – NPR

    Summary: For years, Steve Jobs courted biographer Walter Isaacson to write the definitive story of his life. When Isaacson learned how sick Jobs really was, he accepted. Here he discusses profiling the tech visionary, a task that often involved reconciling Jobs’ recollections with those of his friends, family and colleagues.

    For the audio interview: http://www.npr.org/2011/11/11/142244048/steve-jobs-profiling-an-ingenious-perfectionist?ft=1&f=5

  54. CR says:

    Obama urges debt panel to reach for deal

    11/11/11 By BEN FELLER – AP White House Correspondent | AP – 10 mins ago

    ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (AP) — President Barack Obama has urged leaders of Congress’ supercommittee to press hard for a deal on slashing the deficit — and not look for an end run around a key enforcement mechanism.

    Obama spoke to Democratic Sen. Patty Murray and Republican Rep. Jeb Hensarling by phone from Air Force One as he flew to San Diego.

    Spokesman Jay Carney says Obama urged the two in separate calls to “achieve what is eminently achievable.” The committee is supposed to come up with at least $1.2 trillion in new deficit cuts by Thanksgiving.

    If it can’t, automatic cuts in defense and other programs will kick in. Carney says Obama warned the two not to try to shut off those automatic cuts, and instead do the hard work necessary for a deal.

    • CR says:

      November 11, 2011

      Readout of the President’s Calls with Senator Patty Murray and Representative Jeb Hensarling

      Today, the President reached out separately by phone to Senator Murray and Representative Hensarling. With the Joint Select Committee’s deadline to report approaching, the President wanted to hear from the bipartisan leadership of the committee on the status of their discussions.

      The President urged them to encourage the Committee to reach a deal. The President reminded them that he put forth a very detailed plan for deficit reduction to the Committee, and reiterated that any approach must be balanced, and will require tough choices by both sides, including looking at revenues and entitlements.

      The President also made clear that he will not accept any measure that attempts to turn off part of the sequester. The sequester was agreed to by both parties to ensure there was a meaningful enforcement mechanism to force a result from the Committee. Congress must not shirk its responsibilities. The American people deserve to have their leaders come together and make the tough choices necessary to live within our means, just as American families do every day in these tough economic times. The President urged the leaders to get this done.

  55. CR says:

    Treating Soldiers With Severe Combat Wounds

    11/11/11 Terry Gross – FreshAir from WHYY (NPR)

    This interview was originally broadcast on October 13, 2011.

    Improvements in medical care and equipment mean fewer troops are dying on the battlefield. But more troops are returning home severely wounded, with injuries that require lifelong care and cost millions of dollars in medical bills.

    On Thursday’s Fresh Air, veteran combat reporter David Wood talks about some of the challenges that severely wounded soldiers face when they return from Afghanistan and Iraq. Wood is the author of a new 10-part series for The Huffington Post called “Beyond the Battlefield” that examines some of those challenges and setbacks.

    Wood tells Fresh Air’s Terry Gross that fewer U.S. troops die outright on the battlefield — because of protective equipment and better medical care. But more Americans are being wounded, and their injuries are more “severe and complex.” The number of American soldiers who lost at least one limb doubled from 2009 to 2010, and the number of triple amputees has nearly doubled, he says. Almost all of the severely injured troops return to the U.S. with traumatic brain injuries (TBI).

    “It’s so tragic to see these young men and women struggling not only to master prosthetic legs, for example, but to try to fight their way through the fog that descends into your brain when you have a brain injury like that,” says Wood. “It’s often very hard for them to think clearly, to recall words, to do small problems, to remember to take their medication and make their appointments. Surprisingly, there’s been so much advancement in physical medicine during this war — but it’s only been in recent years that the military has recognized TBI as a combat wound, and it’s pretty clear that no one knows what the best treatment is.”

    For the entire article and audio interview: http://www.npr.org/2011/11/11/142210963/treating-soldiers-with-severe-combat-wounds

  56. CR says:

    The Bonus Army: How A Protest Led To The GI BIll

    11/11/11 by RADIO DIARIES – NPR

    Occupy Wall Street protests have sprung up in cities across the U.S. — and around the world. The common denominator between them is protesters’ commitment to stay and camp out. They’ve pitched tents and built large, impromptu communities.

    It’s a form of protest that echoes throughout American history.

    In 1932, another group of protesters set up encampments and vowed to stay until their voices were heard.

    The Bonus Army

    As World War I drew to a close in 1918, millions of American veterans returned home to the promise of a cash bonus — compensation for their overseas service.

    There was a catch, though: The money would not be paid out until 1945.

    Then, the Great Depression struck. Millions of Americans were left hungry and homeless. Veterans of the war were desperate for relief.

    So in 1932, a group of veterans in Portland, Ore., led by a man named Walter Waters, decided to go to Washington to lobby for early payment of their promised bonus.

    They went down to the railroad yards, with a bugle and an American flag, and hopped onto freight trains. They called themselves the Bonus Army.

    As they moved eastward, their idea caught on. Radio stations and newspapers began to pick up the story. Veterans from all over the country began jumping on freight trains, heading for the capital.

    Tom Allen, co-author of The Bonus Army: An American Epic, says the movement “was a magnet for the veterans and their families who had nothing.

    “Suddenly, out of the whole Depression, comes guys doing something,” he says. “There was hope there. They have a mission, they have a destination — and it’s called Washington, D.C.”

    For the entire article and audio interview: http://www.npr.org/2011/11/11/142224795/the-bonus-army-how-a-protest-led-to-the-gi-bill

  57. CR says:

    94 Senators Yea Votes on American Jobs Act Wounded -Warrior Returning Heros Tax Credits

    By the Numbers: 94

    Posted by Megan Slack on November 11, 2011

    Ninety-four Senators did the right thing by voting to pass tax credits that will help encourage businesses to hire America’s veterans. Both credits are pieces of the American Jobs Act, President Obama’s plan to put people back to work and grow the economy.

    Millions of Americans are looking for work right now, but veterans are particularly vulnerable. More than 850,000 veterans were unemployed in October. The unemployment rate for post 9/11 veterans is 12.1 percent, compared to 9.0 percent nationally.

    President Obama believes that no veteran should have to fight for a job after fighting for our nation overseas. That’s why he introduced the Returning Heroes Tax Credit, which provides firms that hire unemployed veterans with a maximum credit of $5,600 per veteran. He also introduced the Wounded Warriors Tax Credit, which offers firms that hire veterans with service-connected disabilities with a maximum credit of $9,600 per veteran.

    Today we honor the service and sacrifice of all the veterans who have served in our nation’s military. But we must continue to do right by these heroes who have given so much by helping them find jobs so that they can take full advantage of the opportunity they fought to defend.

  58. COS says:

    Good afternoon CR and friends. Did you see this video on the game on the USS Carl Vinson?

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/uss-carl-vinson-navy-warship-hosts-basketball-game/2011/11/11/gIQA6pSeCN_video.html

  59. CR says:

    Boy born at 11:11 on 11-11-11 to vet on Vets Day

    11/11/11 AP – 1 hr 47 mins ago

    MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. (AP) — Jacob Anthony Saydeh (say-DAH’) won’t have any trouble remembering precisely when he was born.

    Virtua Memorial hospital in Mount Holly, N.J., says Jacob entered the world at 11:11 a.m. on Friday — 11-11-11.

    And to make the Veterans Day birth even more remarkable, the boy’s mother is an Air Force veteran and his father currently services in the Air Force.

    It’s the second child for Staff Sgt. Christopher Saydeh and his wife, Danielle. They live at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, where he is a member of Air Force security forces. They are a third-generation military family.

    Jacob weighed 8 pounds, 13 ounces.

  60. CR says:

    Next Up…

    7:00 PM EST
    The Vice President delivers remarks at the unveiling of the statue of the Horse Soldier at the Winter Garden at The World Financial Center
    New York City (Audio Only)

    WhiteHouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

  61. CR says:

    7:05 PM EST
    The President delivers remarks at the Carrier Classic on the deck of the USS Carl Vinson
    Local Event Time: 4:05 PM PST
    USS Carl Vinson

    • CR says:

      November 11, 2011

      Remarks by the President Aboard the USS Carl Vinson

      USS Carl Vinson
      San Diego, California

      4:10 P.M. PST

      THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody! How you feeling tonight? (Applause.) We are so fortunate to be able to witness two of the greatest basketball programs in history — (applause) — Michigan State Spartans, North Carolina Tar Heels. (Applause.) Two of the best coaches of all time — Coach Izzo, Coach Williams. (Applause.) So we are proud to be here and see a great sporting event.

      But the main reason we’re here is, on Veterans Day, we have an opportunity to say thank you. One of the greatest privileges of this job, and one of the greatest responsibilities of this job, is to serve as your Commander-in-Chief. And I can tell you that every day when I interact with our military, every day when I interact with the men and women in uniform, I could not be prouder to be an American. (Applause.)

      And that gratitude that we have for our men and women of the Armed Forces does not stop when they take off the uniform. When they come home, part of the long line of those who defended our freedom, we have a sacred trust to make sure that they understand how much we appreciate what they do. And that’s not just on Veterans Day. That is every day of every year where we salute them and we say thank you for making the sacrifices, and for their families’ sacrifices, on our behalf. (Applause.)

      This week, throughout the week, we’ve been celebrating our veterans, but we have to turn our words into action. And so what we’ve done is make sure that Congress passed legislation that makes it a little bit easier for businesses to hire our veterans. (Applause.) We’ve put in place a series of reforms to help veterans, make sure they get the counseling and the job placement that they need.

      The First Lady along with Dr. Jill Biden have put together something called Joining Forces that has now gotten commitments — 100,000 jobs for veterans and military spouses all across the country. And we are grateful for them for that effort. (Applause.)

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/11/11/remarks-president-aboard-uss-carl-vinson

    • CR says:

      Obama on Carl Vinson for Carrier Classic

      11/11/11 By BERNIE WILSON, AP Sports Writer

      CORONADO, Calif. (AP)—The USS Carl Vinson’s mission on Friday night was to host college hoops as a Veterans Day salute to the military, and the nation’s basketball-fan-in-chief dropped by to cheer on No. 1 North Carolina and Michigan State.

      President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, were sitting courtside for tipoff of the Carrier Classic on the flight deck of the Carl Vinson, which six months earlier buried Osama bin Laden at sea.

      The Obamas walked onto the court as a Navy band played “Hail to the Chief,” then stood for the national anthem.

      Two fighter jets screamed right above the carrier just as the singer of the national anthem reached his final notes.

      The president told the crowd that the Carl Vinson `’has been a messenger of diplomacy and a protector of our security for a long time.”

      The Carl Vinson conducted bin Laden’s burial at sea after he was killed by Navy SEALs in a raid ordered by Obama.

      `’This ship supports what’s happening in Afghanistan. I think some of you may know, because it’s been reported, the men and women of the Carl Vinson were part of that critical mission to bring Osama bin Laden to justice,” the president said to applause from the crowd of about 7,000, most of them military.

      Capt. Bruce H. Lindsey, the commanding officer of the flat top, said neither he nor any of his sailors can talk about that mission.

      For this night, though, the focus was on the first college hoops game on an active carrier. The court was set up between the carrier’s island and the forward catapults.

      The Tar Heels and Spartans players had U.S.A. on the back of their jerseys rather than their names. At dusk, the game was paused for the lowering of the American flag.

      And say this about the men and women of the military: they know their basketball players.

      For the entire article: http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/basketball/news?slug=ap-carrierclassic-scene

    • CR says:

      USS Carl Vinson: Navy Warship hosts basketball game

      Published on Nov 11, 2011 by CBS

      The Michigan State University Spartans and North Carolina Tar Heels basketball teams will find themselves on a new court this Veteran’s day – on the US Navy Warship, the USS Carl Vinson – the ship that took Osama bin Laden’s body to sea for burial. CBS News correspondent Bill Whitaker reports.

    • CR says:

      Obama on Carl Vinson for Carrier Classic

      11/11/11 By BERNIE WILSON, AP Sports Writer

      CORONADO, Calif. (AP)—The USS Carl Vinson’s mission on Friday night was to host college hoops as a Veterans Day salute to the military, and the nation’s basketball-fan-in-chief dropped by to cheer on No. 1 North Carolina and Michigan State.

      President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, were sitting courtside for tipoff of the Carrier Classic on the flight deck of the Carl Vinson, which six months earlier buried Osama bin Laden at sea.

      The Obamas walked onto the court as a Navy band played “Hail to the Chief,” then stood for the national anthem.

      Two fighter jets screamed right above the carrier just as the singer of the national anthem reached his final notes.

      The president told the crowd that the Carl Vinson `’has been a messenger of diplomacy and a protector of our security for a long time.”

      The Carl Vinson conducted bin Laden’s burial at sea after he was killed by Navy SEALs in a raid ordered by Obama.

      `’This ship supports what’s happening in Afghanistan. I think some of you may know, because it’s been reported, the men and women of the Carl Vinson were part of that critical mission to bring Osama bin Laden to justice,” the president said to applause from the crowd of about 7,000, most of them military.

      Capt. Bruce H. Lindsey, the commanding officer of the flat top, said neither he nor any of his sailors can talk about that mission.

      For this night, though, the focus was on the first college hoops game on an active carrier. The court was set up between the carrier’s island and the forward catapults.

      The Tar Heels and Spartans players had U.S.A. on the back of their jerseys rather than their names. At dusk, the game was paused for the lowering of the American flag.

      And say this about the men and women of the military: they know their basketball players.

      For the entire article: http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/basketball/news?slug=ap-carrierclassic-scene

    • CR says:

      Barack Obama At USS Carl Vinson

      Uploaded by pastimers on Nov 12, 2011

      The USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) is the third United States Navy Nimitz class supercarrier and is named after Carl Vinson, a Congressman from Georgia. Carl Vinson’s callsign is “Gold Eagle”. It played host to the first NCAA basketball game on an aircraft carrier on 11/11/11 between the University of North Carolina and Michigan State University. It was the last place Osama Bin Laden’s body was before he was buried at sea.

  62. CR says:

    8:30 PM EST
    The President is interviewed by Jim Gray of Westwood One.

  63. CR says:

    9:00 PM EST
    The President is interviewed by Andy Katz of ESPN.

  64. COS says:

    I am looking forward to hearing these interviews CR. Thanks.

  65. COS says:

    PBO is at the game now. I am watching on ch. 206 on Direct TV.

  66. CR says:

    November 11, 2011

    Readout of President Obama’s call to President Calderon

    President Obama called President Calderon of Mexico from Air Force One to tell him that he was shocked and saddened to learn of the tragic death of Mexican Interior Secretary Francisco Blake Mora and seven of his Mexican government colleagues in a helicopter crash. The President said that his thoughts and prayers are with the families of those who were lost, with President Calderon, and with the Mexican people. The United States deeply regrets the loss of these officials who were close partners of the United States, and strong public servants for the Mexican people. President Obama reaffirmed the close partnership between the United States and Mexico, and pledged to stay in close contact and provide any assistance needed going forward.

  67. CR says:

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