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Written by Jeff Giertz   
Monday, 14 November 2011 14:51

“Every day should be Veterans Day” when it comes to our nation’s commitment to vets 

 

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) released the following statement regarding Veterans Day, which is tomorrow, November 11th:

“As US involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan ends, it’s more important than ever that our nation works to address the challenges faced by the men and women who fought there.  The unemployment rate among Iraq and Afghanistan veterans is three times higher than the national average.   Thousands of veterans have been left with physical and mental injuries that will be with them for the rest of their lives.  Rates of veteran suicide are on the rise.

 

“Veterans Day is observed on November 11th, but every day needs to be Veterans Day when it comes to our nation’s commitment to the men and women who have fought to ensure our freedom.  Keeping our nation’s promises to our veterans isn’t a partisan issue, it’s the right thing to do.”

 

Braley is a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, and is the highest-ranking Democrat on the Veterans’ Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity.

Braley participated in the first-ever Andrew Connolly Day of Service yesterday, which honored the legacy of the late Andrew Connolly, a Dubuque native and Iowa National Guard veteran who never stopped urging others to “pay it forward” in every aspect of their lives.  Volunteers helped remodel the new Veterans’ Freedom Center in Dubuque.

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