President's 2015 State of the Union Military and Veterans Mentions

President's 2015 State of the Union Military and Veterans Mentions

January 21, 2015

President's 2015 State of the Union Military and Veterans Mentions

President Obama's 2015 State of the Union speech was short on military and veterans mentions. Most of the President's speech focused on the economy. We'll share some of the highlights regarding our military and our veterans in cased you missed the speech.

 

Obama Discusses Withdrawl of U.S. Military from Afghanistan

When discussing his vow to wipe out the terrorist threat to Americans, President Obama shared that he believed we should continue to focus on building coalitions and backing local forces against terrorists instead of putting our troops on the ground in harm's way.

"We lead best when we combine military power with strong diplomacy, when we leverage our power with coalition building, when we don't let our fears blind us to the opportunities that this new century presents," he said. "That's exactly what we're doing right now, and around the globe, it is making a difference."

Obama Calls on Congress for ISIS War Authorization

In what looked like a change of course, the President called on lawmakers in Congress to revisit the topic of authorizing the war against the Islamic State. This is a 180 degree turn from the stance the White House took in the past.

As you may remember, at the outset of air strikes in Syria and Iraq, the Obama Administration was defiant that they didn't need authorization from Congress. Instead, they felt the war could be waged by relying on post-9/11 war authorizations passed in 2001 and 2002 to fight al-Qaida and Saddam Hussein.

One of our favorite military news blogs wrote an interesting piece on this change of heart and whether it was a ploy to force Republicans to agree with Obama's ISIS war strategy.

Jobs for Veterans in 2015 State of Union Speech

When it came to our military veterans, the President spoke briefly on two fronts - jobs and health care. He did not address the VA hospital scandal directly, but he did call directly on CEOs and businesses to take a hard look at hiring veterans.

“Already, we’ve made strides towards ensuring that every veteran has access to the highest quality care,” he said. “We’re slashing the backlog that had too many veterans waiting years to get the benefits they need, and we’re making it easier for vets to translate their training and experience into civilian jobs.”

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