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White House encourages companies to hire vets

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ATLANTIC COUNTY -

Exciting news on the job front for military veterans and their spouses after President Obama announced nearly 300,000 veterans are now employed since setting a goal of getting more veterans back to work in 2011.

"I think its great. Anything that will help a veteran get a job is definitely a good initiative to take," Military veteran Joe Kerstetter said.

Student military veterans are singing the praises of Tuesdays presidential announcement.

"Hiring our military vets and their spouses is not just the patriotic thing to do. It's the right thing to do," President Obama said. 

President Obama announced that his goal of getting veterans in the workforce exceeded expectations by triple. Now he's asking Congress to sign permanent tax credits for businesses that hire vets and their spouses.

"I think it's really good. I think its definitely gonna help us out in the long run with so many people coming back from Afghanistan," Army Vet. Patrick Cavicchio said.

Local officials say government here in south jersey is on board with the obama administrations goals.

"We at Atlantic County understand the sacrifices that the vets and families have made and we take that into consideration in hiring. You know if you have two qualified individuals with everything being equal we'll lean town the veteran," County Executive Dennis Levinson said.

The president and veterans we spoke with say the their leadership and technical skills are an asset for any company.

"My skills being a mechanic over there for a while. Coming back I was offered a job as a school bus mechanic working for the school district," Cavicchio said.

The presidents proposed tax incentives are included in his budget which is awaiting congressional approval.

Experts predict more than a million service members will soon be hanging up their uniforms in the coming year and will be looking for work here at home.

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