For thousands of veterans across America, life during the holidays is going to be tough this year. After fighting for our country in Iraq and Afghanistan, they're coming home to high unemployment rates and a broken VA system.
When voters go to the polls on Tuesday, they will be voting not just for a chief executive, but for the commander-in-chief. Given that the U.S. has been involved in the longest war in our history, the stakes have never been higher for veterans and their families.
Since day one President Obama has shown steady leadership and outlined a clear vision for an America that is strong at home and abroad. He understands what our service men and women have given and he's working tirelessly to honor our country's commitment to that sacrifice.
When Mitt Romney says he isn't concerned about 47 percent of the country, his words and past actions prove to veterans and military families that his values couldn't be further from those that we all share.
You would think Romney might acknowledge that we still have a war going on in Afghanistan and that young Americans are still dying there. Before Romney can claim to be a qualified Commander in Chief, he needs to talk to the troops and the vets.
President Obama recently announced the establishment of a "reverse boot camp" program aimed at providing more personal and in-depth transition assistance to service members separating from the military.
American service members manage assets and equipment worth millions of dollars with unparalleled diligence, pride and discipline. Their skills and experience make them natural leaders and a large percent later become entrepreneurs.
President Obama's commitment to caring for those who step up to serve is not limited to campaign season. He's had our backs each day for the last three and half years, which is why I'm proud to join the tens of thousands of veterans and military families who support our Commander-in-Chief.
Part of President Obama's proposal to put veterans back to work when they come home from war announced two weeks ago includes $1 billion dollars to put up to 20,000 veterans to work rebuilding the infrastructure of our public land system.