Veterans Day plans for the Obama administration

Washington Post staff
Wednesday, November 10, 2010; 4:45 PM

Veterans Day 2010 takes place on Thursday November 11 and events around the country are already being planned.

Ed O'Keefe runs down the Obama administration's Veterans Day plans:

-- President Obama is set to deliver remarks Thursday at the U.S. Army Garrison in Yongsan in Seoul, South Korea. He will also participate in a wreath-laying ceremony there.

-- Vice President Biden hosts a Veterans Day breakfast at the White House on Thursday. (The Obamas will still be overseas.) Biden also will lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery and give a speech at the Memorial Amphitheater. (Note: With his Asian trip underway, President Obama this year will have missed events at Arlington marking Memorial Day and Veterans Day.)

-- On her way back from India and Indonesia, First Lady Michelle Obama plans to make a series of stops to thank members of the Kaiserslautern Military Community, the largest U.S. military community outside the continental U.S. located in a region that encompasses parts of Belgium, France, Germany and Luxembourg. Mrs. Obama also will visit wounded troops at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany.

Joe Davidson argues that the best way to honor Veterans Day is to create more jobs:

The employment of veterans ranges widely among federal agencies. As might be expected, the Defense Department does best, with vets making up 41 percent of its civilian workforce. With only 6.3 percent, Health and Human Services should be embarrassed as it comes in last among the executive departments. The little National Science Foundation is even worse: 5.6 percent.

An NSF spokeswoman said its "positions routinely require a Ph.D. and at least six years of research experience." Anecdotal evidence, she added, indicates that vets aren't highly represented in that group. Nonetheless, she said, NSF is working hard to improve.

Yet compared with the national workforce, employment figures for veterans don't look so bad. The unemployment rate for veterans is 8.3 percent - not good, but better than the nation's 9.6 percent rate.

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