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Hire a Veteran Week

Location: Washington, DC


* Mr. BACA. Madam Speaker, I ask unanimous consent to address the House for 1 minute.

* Madam Speaker, I rise today in support of H. Con. Res. 5, which would direct the President to establish Hire a Veteran Week.

* As a veteran, I want to thank my colleague, Representative Holt, for introducing this resolution on behalf of our brave troops who fight for our freedom.

* Madam Speaker, unemployment rates for veterans in their twenties are almost twice as high as their civilian peers.

* This is unacceptable.

* We're sending 18- and 19-year-olds to fight in a mistaken war in Iraq.

* The least we can do is make sure that they have a good job when they come home.

* The system is broken, Madam Speaker. And our veterans are paying the price.

* Our veterans show us excellence in the battlefield--they will show us excellence in the workplace.

* I urge my colleagues to support this resolution and to give our veterans the dignity and respect they deserve.

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