HOUSE PASSES PALLONE VETS DAY LEGISLATION
NJ Lawmaker's bill encourages schools, civic groups to participate in
Veterans Educate Today's Students (VETS) Day
With Veterans Day coming up this weekend, U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) announced today that the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this week passed legislation he introduced, House Concurrent Resolution 60, which expresses support for the goal of Veterans Educate Today's Students (VETS) Day, to urge teachers and civic leaders to organize events where students can interact with America's veterans.
"At a time when our soldiers are in harms way, it's important that our young people are educated about the sacrifices these brave men and women make everyday," Pallone said. "I hope that by interacting with America's veterans, students will gain a greater appreciation for their contributions to our nation's history."
Pallone's legislation encourages schools to set aside a portion of a day in November to allow veterans to answer students' questions while conveying important stories and lessons about their service.
Two years ago, the New Jersey Congressman held a discussion with two local military veterans, Korean War veteran James Manning of Neptune and World War II veteran Lou Parisi of Asbury Park, and an 11th grade American history class at Neptune High School. Manning served as a paratrooper during the Korean War as part of the Army Airborne Division in Korea and Japan. Parisi served in the Marine Corps in Okinawa during the invasion of Japan.
"Hearing a veteran's personal story of their service during war time helps to bring our nation's history to life," Pallone said. "I am proud that this bill passed the House with such overwhelming support. Our nation's children will benefit from this program, which provides education about the sacrifices made by veterans to defend freedom and protect the interests of our nation."