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Posts Tagged ‘veterans’

Veterans Day, Technology and Jobs

Monday, November 12, 2012
posted by Dustin Steiner

By Supervisor Bill Horn

The history of Veterans Day dates back to Armistice Day and the end of World War I. To observe what we now know as Veterans Day, President Woodrow Wilson said Americans should “be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory.” Those words still ring true. I’m filled with deep admiration knowing we are blessed with the best military in the history of the world.

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Streamlining and Transition Assistance Attracts Key Support

With less than 80 days to go until election day, San Diego Mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio picked up more support from key military veterans today. “With a narrowed field, I am pleased to announce that as the general election approaches, veterans of all branches and walks of life are rallying around Carl DeMaio,” stated retired U.S. Army Major General Dennis Kenneally, the volunteer coordinator of the Veterans for DeMaio Coalition. Kenneally was joined by several key veterans at a news conference today in front of the Veterans Memorial and Center at Balboa Park.

 

BRAC Related Taskforce Would Protect San Diego’s Military Bases

and Installations from Being Closed by Federal Government

Councilmember Carl DeMaio today called on Mayor Sanders to create a taskforce that will work to shield local military installations and assets from proposed cuts in Defense spending.

Councilmember DeMaio renewed his call for creation of a Base Closure and Realignment Commission (BRAC) preparedness taskforce in response to Defense Secretary Panetta’s briefing on how the Defense Department plans to cut $487 billion in military spending over the next ten years.

As a proud military town with a large population of service members and veterans, San Diego must be a city committed to ensuring our veterans are successfully employed upon leaving the military and entering the civilian workforce.

There were roughly 200,000 more veterans in the labor force this June than there were a year earlier, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Los Angeles Times.

Unfortunately, a higher percentage of veterans end up without employment than the average population. In fact, recent veterans face unemployment rates twice as high as the rest of the population, according to news reports.

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Outlines “Hire-A-Youth” Job Training Program for 5000 Students and Proposes Stronger Partnerships Between City, Colleges/Universities, Veterans Groups, and Businesses Key to Equip San Diego Workers with Skill Sets]

Councilmember Carl DeMaio wrapped up his latest “Job Creation Summit” today by issuing a call to action to “make San Diego’s workforce the most innovative workforce in the country.”  DeMaio pledged to make workforce development a major component of his “Pathway to Prosperity” Jobs Plan for jump-starting San Diego’s economy again.

“If we are to get San Diegans back to work, we must make sure they have the skill sets they need to succeed in a highly competitive 21st century economy,” DeMaio noted.

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Congratulations to my friend and fellow radio talk show host Rick Amato for notching a BIG win at Tuesday night’s San Diego Press Club Journalism Awards. In his FIRST time ever entering this prestigious competition, Rick won first place in the Radio Interview category.

The winning entry from “The Rick Amato Show Presented by The Washington Times” originally aired in July 2008. It focused on the use of drugs with known drastic side effects such as suicidal behavior by the Veterans Administration in treating wounded veterans from the war on terror in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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