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Americans saluting veterans all across the country


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Americans saluting veterans all across the country

By Megan Telles. CREATED Nov 11, 2013

Washington (KTNV) -- Americans are coming together all across the nation to honor the service of millions of men and women.

In Washington, President Barack Obama marked the day at Arlington National Cemetery and said America owes its veterans help when they return.

For many, that means help finding employment. The unemployment rate for those who served in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is 10-percent, much higher than the national average.

Stepping up are some of the nation's most well-known companies: Walmart, Boeing and now Starbucks.

The coffee company announced last week it plans to hire at least 10,000 military veterans and active duty spouses over the next five years.

AT&T announced a similar goal: Hiring 10,000 veterans and their family members.

Also on Monday, President Obama gave special recognition to Richard Overton, who at age 107, is one of the nation's oldest veterans.

The president also placed the traditional memorial wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Megan Telles

Megan Telles

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Megan Telles is co-host of Valley View Live! and the Social TV journalist for Action News.