THE WOUNDED VETERAN JOB SECURITY ACT -- (Extensions of Remarks - May 19, 2009)
SPEECH OF HON. JOHN T. SALAZAR OF COLORADO
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
* Mr. SALAZAR. Madam Speaker, I rise today in support of H.R. 466 the Wounded Veteran Job Security Act.
* It is more important than ever that we support this bill because of the difficult economic times facing our nation.
* American servicemen and women put their lives on the line every day to ensure our freedoms.
* Across the globe, U.S. troops are engaging in combat and humanitarian missions that place them in harms way.
* Regardless of the danger, generations of Americans continue to answer the call of duty.
* My father was an Army Staff Sergeant during World War II.
* My brother and I served in the Army during the Vietnam era.
* Most recently, my son's Army National Guard unit was activated after the September 11th attacks.
* As a former member of the House Committee on Veteran's Affairs, I worked with my colleagues to ensure that Veterans had opportunities to find a job once they returned home.
* It is important that veterans not only find a job, but they are not penalized by their employer for injuries or illnesses they received in the service of their nation.
* A stable career path is essential to ensuring a seamless transition into civilian life.
* It is unacceptable to merely provide equipment to protect our troops in combat without also having policies in place to protect them once they return home.
* I hope to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to create policy that helps our veterans and their families prosper and enjoy the freedoms they helped to ensure.