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Gov. Kitzhaber recognizing the businesses that support and employ Oregon veterans (June 15, 2011)

Governor Kitzhaber recognizing the businesses that support and employ Oregon veterans

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Rosenbaum Hangar – Portland Air National Guard Base

A few weeks ago, we celebrated Memorial Day and recognized the service of those overseas, all of our veterans, and especially those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Later this morning, I will have the privilege of welcoming home an Oregon National Guard unit in Pendleton: Detachment 1, Bravo Company, 168th Aviation.  They deployed in 2010 and served a year-long tour in Afghanistan.

It is an honor to stand with General Rees in communities across Oregon to recognize our returning heroes.  And from Portland to Roseburg to Burns, there is tremendous support for our veterans.

At the same time, we recognize that our support must extend beyond the welcome home celebrations.  Long after the parades and speeches, we must continue to stand up for those who have stood up for us.

We are fortunate at the state level to have a strong Reintegration Team to help transition veterans back to civilian life with a focus on education, health care, and jobs.  The Oregon Department of Veteran Affairs also helps our veterans access the benefits that they have earned.

But state government cannot do it alone.  This effort takes everyone in our communities and I cannot thank the business community enough for all of your interest and support.

Jobs are clearly at the forefront of many returning veterans’ minds and as we will hear – hiring them is a win for businesses.  Oregon’s veterans bring initiative, dedication, and loyalty to their jobs.

We will recognize several employers here today who have gone above and beyond in their efforts to employ and support our veterans.

I thank them for their commitment and encourage others to join them in expanding their own efforts.

Our veterans answered the call of duty and as they return home, we can use their talents and leadership to build a better state and continue to get our economy growing.

Thank you.



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