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Joe supports policies that provide full healthcare, employment, and educational opportunities for military service-members. As we see a spike in returning soldiers coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan, Joe believe that Congress must strengthen the Department of Labor's Veterans' Employment and Training Service to help connect businesses and veterans looking for work. Joe also supports a business tax credit for those who hire unemployed and disabled veterans, and he supports exempting all military service people from having to pay registration, certification or licensing fees while they are deployed and up to 6 months after a discharge, cutting bureaucracy and administrative burden for soldiers serving our country.

In Congress Joe will also continue to fight to expand VA Hospitals in order to provide medical services for our veterans. Joe will also be an advocate for Buckley Air Force Base, expanding its mission and ensuring that it continues to receive strong support.

In the Legislature, Joe worked on legislation to connect 49,000 unemployed Colorado veterans with job training organizations like Veterans Green Jobs. He also started an annual Veteran's Appreciation Breakfast through his local Rotary club, and has met with numerous veterans through this effort to better understand their concerns.


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