Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, issued thefollowing statement on Veterans Day:
"Whether in peacetime or in war, those who have served in uniform deserve our utmost respect and appreciation. They have made countless sacrifices on behalf of the American people and we have a solemn responsibility to remember their service as well as keep our promises when it comes to the health care and benefits they have earned."
Pingree also said she intends to support a jobs bill for Veterans that was passed by the Senate yesterday. It is expected to come up for a vote in theHouse as early as next week.
"We've been at war in Iraq and Afghanistan for nearly a decade an in that time over 2 million American have gone overseas to and served our country bravely--they have done everything we've asked of them. It's our job to make sure when they come back and when they complete there service that we do everything we can to help them find a job and get back to work. The President's proposal is a good step in that direction," she said.
The unemployment rate for veterans currently stands at 11.5 percent, significantly higher than the overall rate of 9.1 percent. The problem is particularly serious for young veterans, with an unemployment rate for 18-24 year old veterans of nearly 21 percent.