Rep. Joe Heck to Address Veterans Unemployment in Weekly Republican Address

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) announced today that Rep. Joe Heck (R-NV), an Army reserve physician, will highlight bipartisan efforts to combat veterans unemployment in the Weekly Republican Address for November 12, 2011.  As part of a Veterans Day tribute, Rep. Heck will talk about how important it is to lend a hand to our veterans as they look for work in an economy struggling to create jobs.  Last month, the House overwhelmingly passed the Veterans Opportunity to Work Act, which the Senate approved today.

“It is an honor to deliver the Weekly Republican Address on Veterans Day weekend.  The men and women who risk their lives to protect our freedoms hold a special place in our nation’s heart.”
Rep. Heck said.  “As our veterans transition to civilian life, they face a new challenge: finding a good-paying job. The 12.1 percent unemployment rate among veterans who have served since 9/11 is above the average unemployment rate in every state except my home state of Nevada, which is 13.4 percent. Both are unacceptable.  We must ensure all Americans have the opportunity to find gainful employment, and that’s what we are working towards.”

Joe Heck is in his first term representing the Third Congressional District of Nevada.  He is a colonel in the Army Reserve with more than 20 years of service, deploying most recently in 2008 to Iraq.  He serves on the House Armed Services Committee, the House Education and Workforce Committee, and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence where he serves as Subcommittee Chairman for Technical and Tactical Intelligence. 

“Veterans Day affords us the opportunity to honor the brave patriots who have answered the call to serve and protect this great nation,” Speaker Boehner said.  “Joe Heck has served with our men and women in uniform, and is working to ensure they have our full support in the face of a tough economy.”

The text and the audio of the Weekly Republican Address will be available tomorrow, Friday, November 11 at 3:00 p.m. EST on http://speaker.gov/.  It will be embargoed until Saturday, November 12 at 6:00 a.m. EST, at which time it will be available here for viewing and here for downloading.