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Veterans Jobs Corps Idea Gets Local Praise

Brad Choat
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Parade goers hold signs to show their appreciation for veterans during a parade in St. Louis on January 28, 2012. People lined a parade route in downtown St. Louis for the nation’s first parade to honor those who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Parade goers hold signs to show their appreciation for veterans during a parade in St. Louis on January 28, 2012. People lined a parade route in downtown St. Louis for the nation’s first parade to honor those who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The St. Louis based non-profit “The Mission Continues” challenges post 9-11 military veterans to engage in community service.

Chief Operating Officer Spencer Kympton says he’s excited by President Obama’s newly-released Veterans Job Corps proposal, “We stand ready to provide whatever insight we can into an effort like this. We firmly believe veterans are assets, and there are many ways we can re-engage them at home.”

President Obama has said grant money and federal budget spending can be used to create jobs for returning veterans as police officers, firefighters, park rangers, and more.

Kympton says his agency has found this generation of veterans is eager to rebuild the sense of purpose it found while fighting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, “They established and helped run local governments. They negotiated treaties. They built shelters. They provided food, water, and utilities to those in need. They mentored police forces, farmers, and medical personnel.”

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