On the eve of Veterans Day, Gov. Jay Nixon encouraged Missourians to take time to remember and thank military veterans for the sacrifices they have made on behalf of the nation and the state. Our country's veterans and active military members have ensured the freedoms we enjoy, the Governor said.
"We must always remember the true price of freedom, and honor the sacrifices of the men and women in our armed forces," Gov. Nixon said. "While we can never repay our veterans for what they have done on our behalf, we can and should let them know how much we appreciate their service to the United States."
The Governor also praised Missouri employers for their response in signing up for Show-Me Heroes, a program he launched in January as a way to support Missouri's veterans. More than 1,000 employers have joined Show-Me Heroes, a program that connects veterans with job openings in their area. Businesses agree to actively recruit and interview veterans when hiring new employees. Gov. Nixon urged other employers to be a part of the program.
"Many times when a veteran comes back from serving overseas, he or she is concerned about the prospect of finding a good job," Gov. Nixon said. "Veterans bring a lot of inherent skills to the job market, including the ability to work successfully on a team, discipline, and a can-do attitude. Our employer partners in Show-Me Heroes know when they pledge to put a veteran's resume at the top of the stack that they are helping themselves as well as veterans. Especially on a day when we give special honor to our veterans, I encourage more employers to be a part of Show-Me Heroes."
Gov. Nixon has released a special Veterans Day video message encouraging employers to join Show-Me Heroes. To view the video, visit the State of Missouri website, mo.gov, and clicking on the "Featured Videos" link. Employers and veterans also can learn more about the Show-Me Heroes program by visiting the website.