Barack Obama is touting volunteerism during a visit to Colorado today.
Obama is calling on Americans to reflect on the 4th of July that loving their country isn't just about fireworks.
His solution is a major proposed expansion of government national service programs that would cost 3.5 billion dollars a year. His campaign says he'll fund the spending with some of the savings from ending the war in Iraq, and by canceling a new corporate tax break.
Obama spoke in Colorado Springs this morning.
He's proposing the creation of a "Green Vet Initiative." It would offer counseling, job placement and mediation with industry for veterans wanting to enter the rapidly expanding renewable energy field.