Congressman John Garamendi talks about the impact of wars on our nation's veterans, their rehabilitation, and their ability to get jobs.
What can be done to help veterans re-enter the domestic workforce on financially and psychologically sound footing, particularly in an unsettled job market? Congressman Garamendi brings nearly four decades of public service to the House Armed Services and Natural Resources committees. He has served as a Peace Corps volunteer, California's state majority leader, deputy secretary of the Department of the Interior, and California's insurance commissioner. The son of a World War II major, Garamendi is the author of H.R. 3860, the Help Veterans Return to Work Act.
John Diaz is the Editorial page editor for the San Francisco Chronicle.
John Raymond Garamendi is a U.S. politician and a member of the Democratic Party. He became the 46th Lieutenant Governor of California on January 8, 2007.
He had previously been the California State Insurance Commissioner from 2003 - 2007, having previously been the first occupant of that office from 1991 - 1995. He was the U.S. Deputy Secretary of the Interior from 1995 - 1998.
John Garamendi, Democratic U.S. Representative for California's 10th congressional district, argues that the only way to pay down the debt of two wars is to increase tax revenues. Citing the tax argument in the presidential race, Garamendi also asserts that tax benefits for the wealthy won't create jobs.