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Blog: Do More than Just Remember


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Dear Fellow Coloradan,

This week, as we reflect on the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, I join all Coloradans in renewing our vow to never forget those who were killed, the first responders who risked everything that day so that others might live, and the troops who have fought for us ever since. In one of the darkest moments in our history, the courage and selflessness of the American people shined brighter than ever as we stood together as one nation.

Throughout our history, Americans have worked to bring freedom to the oppressed and supported those who stand against tyranny. On the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, we were reminded of how those noble efforts often come at great cost. I was shocked and deeply saddened by the deaths of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other U.S. State Department personnel this week in Libya. They were dedicated public servants who worked alongside the Libyan people to peacefully and effectively establish a democratic government after decades of oppression under the Qaddafi regime.

I strongly condemn the murders of Ambassador Stevens and his colleagues. I will work to ensure that all who planned and participated in this cowardly attack will be brought swiftly to justice. We will keep these brave Americans in our thoughts and prayers as we continue their important work and do everything in our power to provide for those who keep us safe.

The men and women of our armed forces answered the call to service after 9/11 to protect our nation, and we owe them more than just our thanks. Congress must ensure that our veterans have access to the best possible benefits and services. That's why I strongly support the Veterans Jobs Corps Act of 2012 that is currently under debate on the U.S. Senate floor. This important bill addresses the high unemployment and homelessness rates among veterans by leveraging their military training and experience to secure employment as they transition from military service to civilian life.

Veterans have the skills, discipline and work ethic to succeed after returning home, but many of them find it difficult to transfer these skills to civilian career fields. The Veterans Jobs Corps Act helps to address this disconnect and to provide a smooth transition from the military into the job market.

Passing this common-sense legislation is important to troops and veterans, and I hope that all senators -- of both political parties -- work together to ensure passage of this bill. As we remember the events of 9/11, we must recognize that our actions often speak louder than words. So, as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, I will continue to lead efforts to pass legislation, such as the Veterans Jobs Corps Act of 2012, so that our Colorado veterans have access to crucial training and hiring opportunities.

Warm regards,

Mark Udall

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