Mr. DENHAM. When the courageous Americans who volunteer to fight our wars come home, they should not have to fight for jobs. Unemployment is one of the biggest problems currently facing America's veterans. In addition to our gratitude and support, our veterans need jobs. With more than 250,000 servicemen and -women expected to return to civilian life each year over the next 5 years, veterans' employment issues will only grow more challenging.
That's why for more than a year the Congressional Veterans Jobs Caucus has worked to bring the public and private sectors together--to end the veterans' unemployment crisis. I am proud to join more than 70 of my House and Senate colleagues from both sides of the aisle in this important mission to raise awareness and to increase employment among our Nation's veterans. Today and every day, we are asking our colleagues and private businesses, small and large, to make a personal and public commitment to hiring veterans by displaying this sign: "I hire veterans.'' This logo should be displayed in our windows.
It is our greatest duty as leaders in Washington to uphold our commitment to our veterans, and we invite members of the public, especially business owners, to join us in this important mission.