10/25/2011 05:24 pm ET | Updated Dec 25, 2011

Obama Calls On 8,000 Health Clinic Jobs To Hire Iraq And Afghanistan Veterans

To help reduce the 11.7 veteran unemployment rate, the White House aims to get about 8,000 servicemen and servicewomen hired in the health sector over the next three years, President Barack Obama announced Tuesday.

Obama called on each of the nation's estimated 8,000 health clinics to hire at least one returning veteran from Afghanistan and Iraq, The Washington Post reported.

The president also aims to help military medics leverage their combat experience, by becoming physician assistants when they return. To facilitate the training, the administration said it will give priority grants to colleges and universities that offer such programs, according to Bloomberg.

"Veterans shouldn't have to fight for a job once they've come home from the fight overseas," Matt Flavin, director of Veterans and Wounded Warrior Policy, stated on the website. "Too many of our veterans are having to have the fight."

These announcements arrived on the heels of a number of recent job-creating initiatives targeted toward veterans. First Lady Michelle Obama announced last week, according to, that the American Logistics Association -- which works to improve the quality of life of veterans –- has committed, along with its 270 affiliate companies, to hiring 25,000 veterans and military spouses by the end of 2013.

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