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Proud of Our Vets, Proud of America
Every November 11, we honor all the brave men and women who have risked their lives to keep us safe and free. Our veterans have earned our admiration, respect, and gratitude. We live in the greatest country on Earth because we have stood up to the greatest challenges at critical moments in history. Our veterans are incredibly impressive, and we need to ensure that they receive our full support when they come home.

Last week, I had the honor of speaking at the Long Beach Veterans Luncheon and riding in the Veterans Parade in North Long Beach. I was asked to speak at the luncheon as the author of last year's "Jobs for Vets" initiative, Measure C. Measure C was placed on the City ballot in November of 2010, and Long Beach voters overwhelmingly passed the measure at the ballot box, affirming their gratitude for our veterans.

I proposed Measure C to ensure that Long Beach do everything possible to show our gratitude and support for veterans when they come home and look for jobs. The measure made two changes to the City Charter that enhanced the support we extend to veterans returning to the civilian workforce, and to their families. Thanks to Measure C, veterans receive extra civil service points when they apply for jobs in the City of Long Beach and at the Port of Long Beach. In addition, Measure C gives civil service points to spouses of veterans who are killed in action or disabled in military service

These two changes now strengthen our veterans in their transition to civilian life.

We have an obligation to serve those who have served us, so let's always thank our veterans - every day of the year.
I hope you have a safe and happy holiday