by Will Fischer
Today is Veterans Day, when we honor those who have served the nation in the United States Armed Forces. Millions of union sisters and brothers are veterans. The issues facing veterans and those facing working families are the same — a lack of good jobs, attacks on health care and fading dreams of a better life. If you’re a veteran -- or if you know a veteran -- you should know about the AFL-CIO Union Veterans Council. The Union Veterans Council brings union members who are veterans together to speak out on the issues that affect veterans most, especially the need for good jobs and a strong, fully funded and staffed U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The Council also holds private enterprise and elected officials accountable for their words and actions. Veterans face real issues that require real actions; the Union Veterans Council fights every day for those who have fought for us.
Fischer, executive director of the Union Veterans Council, is a Marine Corps veteran of the war in Iraq and member of the Painters and Allied Trades. photo courtesy DVIDSHUB on Flickr