On Veterans Day, we honor the brave men and women who have fought overseas to protect our families and our freedoms. We also believe that honoring our armed services should be a year-round effort. Unemployment among veterans exceeds our national average. We need to do better to ensure that our returning soldiers can integrate back into the community, and secure lucrative and stable employment.
The labor movement is proud to sponsor the Helmets-to-Hardhats program which provides opportunities to military veterans to start a career in the building and construction trades. These careers allow veterans to build a future for themselves and their families when they return home.
As we recognize our service men and women on this Veterans Day, let us recommit ourselves to the goal of welcoming those who serve home with good jobs and economic security. We thank our veterans for their service and we pray for the health and safe return of our men and women currently fighting to defend our nation.