Dayton pitches plan to fix veterans’ unemployment

  • Article by: MARK BRUNSWICK , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 11, 2011 - 4:57 PM

The proposal would expand the state's GI Bill to include older vets.

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rockanatreeNov. 11, 11 5:07 AM

It's hard to believe Dayton has time for this, since he's on Wilf's payroll now.

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penpalsNov. 11, 11 7:48 AM

Well that's all good, but as a viet nam vet and retired, I would like to see giving the kids of vets who are attending college and beyond a financial education boost, along with the jobs deal.

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icarleyNov. 11, 11 8:02 AM

I'm a vet. I had to quit my job today. It was more than I could bear.

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fisherman48Nov. 11, 11 8:05 AM

Can anyone tell me why I only see positive articles on Dayton and nothing like the Redstar did to Pawlenty? I'm wondering?

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jimmyjames76Nov. 11, 11 8:12 AM

It's hard to believe rockanatree has time for this, since he's on the MN GOP's payroll. Oh wait, this is what they pay him to do.

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jimmyjames76Nov. 11, 11 8:31 AM

fisherman48, because Pawlenty never did anything meaningful to help veterans? He got plenty of positive press when he went to visit them, but when you spend the rest of your time screwing them over so your rich buddies can bolster their retirement accounts you're probably not going to get a lot of praise from the paper or society. Same can be said for most other issues. Do something good = get praised. Throw mentally handicapped people out in the street so your rich buddies can save more for retirement = get criticized.

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TomacltdNov. 11, 11 8:57 AM

If the money is already there, I say it's about time. As a cold war and 1st Gulf war vet, there hasn't been a lot out there for my generation. We didn't even have a GI bill, but rather a piece of crap called the VEAP program that was a joke, at best. This is a small piece of the puzzle, but a good start. Now. the trick will be to get eligible veterans to actually take advantage of this opportunity. There are still many of us dealing with the remnants of our experiences and the desire to just move on without anything to do with the government.

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deedee12Nov. 11, 11 9:08 AM

I would like to see SOMEONE in this state look at the problem with Vets, having problems w employment and falling behind on their child support, and loosing their license because of that and not being able to drive in this state, and deal with the problems that creates. They not only cannot make their dr appt, work, or have a life, after they have sacrificed so much of their life for us... That to me is a big slap in the face... You come home, loose your family, suffer your traumas by oneself, loose your job, your home, your dog and your car... Someone please address this for the soldiers, case by case or whatever, but something has to be done...and people wonder why people pick up addictions.

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enonormanNov. 11, 1110:41 AM

Another feeble attempt by marx dayton to spend tax dollars and buy votes for the DFL I would not have a concern, except for the most part, the eduction received will result in an unemployed vet with degree and more debt.

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jpcooperNov. 11, 1111:04 AM

penpals "I would like to see giving the kids of vets who are attending college and beyond a financial education boost, along with the jobs deal."

Anybody else? Cousins, friends, neighbors of vets?

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