Obama seeks tax credits to help veterans get jobs - politics - msnbc.com WASHINGTON President Barack Obama is asking Congress to approve new initiatives to help some of America's 1 million unemployed military veterans find work, including tax credits for companies that hire out-of-work vets. As much as I appretiate this feel good attempt to help out my fellow Vets. It's unfair to the rest of the UE and is nothing short of discrimination. I was on the other side of one of these ideas when coal miners struck, the state of Il offered deep benefits to hire miners making it impossible for qualified applicants to get a job. Hopefully calmer heads will prevail and something will be done that helps everyone and not another temp surge like cash for clunkers.