Associated Press
In a Monday, July 2, 2012 photo, Army veteran Chester Dixon, leaves the Georgia Department of Labor office after applying for a a new skills-based program to get out-of-work veterans trained and back in the job market, in Atlanta.

Jobs have been the focus of much of the political debate since the economic downturn. One population in particular has special concerns when it comes to unemployment — veterans.

The data from prior wars is fairly conclusive that veterans, especially combat veterans, tend to lag in unemployment after serving our country. With high unemployment in veterans comes a variety of societal problems that follow. Homelessness and suicide rates are typically much higher in unemployed veteran populations than non-veteran populations. From a practical point of view, we as a society need to either help now or face even worse problems later.

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Disproportionately, the poor and minority populations enlist in the military and are promised the opportunity to learn skills that translate into civilian jobs, only to face a higher than average unemployment rate after their service is complete. The least we can do is open up every opportunity we can to them, and the Veterans Job Corps Act is one of those ways.

If Politicians are serious about creating jobs, there is no logical reason to not pass this bill. We spent $1 trillion making these patriots veterans; $1 billion is paltry to help them. Pass the Veterans Job Corps Act.

Roger Johnston