Our service members who are fighting on the front lines to protect this nation deserve our utmost respect and thanks. I wholeheartedly support our troops, and I appreciate the work they’re doing around the world, especially in Afghanistan. As a veteran and a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, I am fully committed to ensuring those who serve in the military receive the quality care they deserve. I honor the devotion, service and legacy our service members have instilled in America.
I will continue to support legislation to better the health and the well being of our service members. Last fall, Congress passed important legislation to spur economic growth within the veterans’ community: the bipartisan Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act. The VOW Act is a comprehensive piece of legislation that addresses veteran unemployment.
Specifically, the VOW Act includes four important elements to care for veterans: (1) aids in the transition process when service members are discharged and seeking a job; (2) provides education and training for our veterans; (3) strengthens the protections provided by the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) so those who serve in the National Guard will be reemployed upon return; (4) and works with the Department of Labor to identify roadblocks our veterans are facing while seeking to obtain employment.
Not all who serve perish fulfilling their duty. They return to us as veterans and deserve our thanks and a commitment to serve them. As you and your families celebrate Memorial Day, I encourage all of you to commemorate the U.S. men and women who have died in military service to their country. Please also keep our active duty soldiers and their families in your thoughts and prayers.