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Obama announces jobs plan for vets

  |   Oct. 25, 2011 at 2:18 PM
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WASHINGTON, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- President Obama announced two new initiatives Tuesday to help create jobs for U.S. military veterans.

The Community Health Center Hiring Challenge is an initiative seeking to hire 8,000 veterans in three years, the White House said in a release.

The healthcare reform law provides funding for community health centers to serve more Americans and hire more workers, the White House said. Now, the Department of Human Services will ask centers to begin reporting the number of veterans that they employ. The departments of Health and Human Services, Defense, Labor, and Veterans Affairs will work together to link veterans to the health clinics' job openings, the White House said.

"Health centers improve the health of the nation and assure access to quality primary healthcare services at more than 8,000 service delivery sites around the country," the White House said.

The second initiative would help veterans become physician assistants.

The Health Resources and Services Administration pledged to open up career paths outside of nursing and expand opportunities for veterans to become physician assistants, the White House said. The HRSA will begin to give priority in physician assistant grant awards to universities and colleges that help train veterans for careers as physician assistants.

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