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Obama urges help for veterans in radio address

President Obama says military veterans should not struggle to find work once they return home, and he's urging the House to follow the Senate's lead and do something to help them.

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President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama have their picture taken with a soldier at the NCAA Carrier Classic men's college basketball game from the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in Coronado, California, on Veterans Day. The game was between Michigan State Spartans and North Carolina Tar Heels.

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President Barack Obama says veterans of conflicts overseas should not struggle to find work once they return home, and he's urging the House to follow the Senate's lead and do something to help them.

"We ask these men and women to leave their families and their jobs and risk their lives to fight for our country. The last thing they should have to do is fight for a job when they get home," the president said in his weekly radio and Internet address. He recorded the message Friday, Veteran's Day, on board the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier anchored off the coast of San Diego, where Obama stopped en route to an Asia-Pacific economic summit that he was hosting beginning Saturday in Hawaii.

"Standing up for our veterans isn't a Democratic responsibility or a Republican responsibility – it's an American responsibility. It's one that all of us have an obligation to meet," Obama said. "And the House should pass this bill as soon as possible so I can sign it into law."

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Obama's beginning a nine-day trip through Hawaii, Australia and Indonesia aimed at strengthening ties and boosting economic opportunity back at home.

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