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Honoring our Veterans

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Mr. YODER. Mr. Speaker, Memorial Day is a day our grateful Nation devotes to observing the extraordinary sacrifices paid by so many brave military men and women. Those who served so honorably died to protect the values and ideals on which our country was built, and we will never forget them.

Mr. Speaker, while we continue to work on behalf of the American people here in Washington, let us remember we work for people outside the beltway, many of whom are still searching for employment. With the unemployment rate for post-9/11 veterans at 9.2 percent, I'm heartbroken when reminded of veterans who come back from deployments abroad and cannot find work back home.

This Memorial Day weekend, let us remember to always honor those so devoted to their country that they gave their lives; and let us honor those veterans who defend us on the front lines abroad by putting these brave men and women first in line at home to find a job, provide for their families, and to realize the American Dream.

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