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Veterans Day is a time to honor and celebrate the courage and commitment of our nation’s heroes.

When these brave men and women signed up to serve our country, we agreed to take care of them.

They kept their part of the bargain.

Now we need to keep ours.

With the President’s recent announcement of a complete troop withdrawal from Iraq by the end of this year, and the thousands of troops returning from Afghanistan by the end of 2012, it is as critical as ever to support veterans’ programs and services.

That’s why I am fighting to pass a bipartisan and comprehensive approach to getting our nation’s veterans back to work.

The “VOW to Hire Heroes Act” includes Republican and Democratic ideas because getting our veterans the financial security and dignity a job provides should never be partisan.

For too long in this country we have patted our veterans on the back for their service and then pushed them out into the job market alone.

With this bill we are giving our veterans the job skills to get their foot in the door and incentivizing employers to make sure that door is open to them.

Day after day our men and women in uniform have responded to the call of duty with honor and integrity.

They are our family, our friends, our neighbors and our heroes.

And for this, we must show our gratitude – not just on Veterans Day, but every day.

As Chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, I will continue to fight on their behalf to ensure that America’s veterans are cared for both on and off the battlefield.