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Welcome back everybody well it's been about four months since the end of the Iraq War -- there have been several private -- -- but very few public ones.
And the welcome home foundation is changing that.
At how -- Eric Cantor is lending them some help we spoke exclusively with the house leader about this effort and that's.
Fast becoming a movement happening around the country.
First of all I think that you know some months.
Of what our lives are about.
Is premised upon the sacrifice.
That our men and women in uniform make for us and their families go through for us.
And this parade that is in Richmond today.
Is -- welcome home our hero's parade is I think a very fitting celebration.
Of that sacrifice and there's a woman in Richmond and who is about herself she actually works.
For the Richmond times dispatch the newspaper and it was her idea.
To sort of replicate what was going on in Saint Louis in the beginning and make this an event for us.
In Richmond and for the commonwealth of Virginia and I I think it's just a tremendous.
Event for all of us to honor.
The individuals who who really.
Have given everything for our country.
They're going to -- of resource is dare to help the veterans.
Re acclimate into their communities once it left they're active service overseas absolutely and and when there's eight.
Village has called the veterans resource -- at the end of the parade.
And it brings together all kinds of services.
For our veterans.
So that that they know that they're coming home to a welcoming community.
And it is part of error.
Obligation because we've asked -- men and women in uniform to go and fight for our freedom and the security of our country.
The least we can do is be there for them when they come home in a welcoming way.
And it sort of echoes what we're trying to do in the house representatives in Washington.
Which is to make sure that we.
Have in place policies.
That signal to veterans that we want them to come back to the community we want them to have an easy way of regaining employment.
And make sure they are accessing the service is any.
Do you think and that's being done to help our veterans in this country today.
Why I think that in the busy life that we all lead in the challenges that working families have.
In these tough economic times.
It could be very easy to sort of forget the sacrifices that our veterans have made for us to enjoy the freedom of America so I do think it's safe.
An opportunity for us to double up if you will.
On our commitment to to honor their sacrifice and make sure that they have.
The kind of welcome in the kind of access to services and support as well as employment opportunities.
Right now there's issues are being debated in terms of appropriations and there I've been concerned that.
Too many cuts are happening in the -- -- military spending.
The house representatives.
This week voted to on -- the national defense authorization.
Act and it is on a blueprint if you will for the kind of commitment that I really we should be making.
For the national security and defense of our country.
And we're living in time with unconventional enemies and -- and unconventional warfare.
And frankly there is no other military power or economic power in the world that can rival what we in America -- -- And part of I think the decision that the country has to make as we work our way towards election in November.
Is are we gonna be continuing to do that are we gonna continue to lead globally.
And you know so much of that is dependent upon the will of of the men and women that we send overseas and are we gonna commit the necessary resources and make them a priority.
I believe strongly that we should because.
You got to ask yourself if America -- doesn't do that who will.
Who who was gonna make sure that we remain secure entry here at home.
And I think it's something that the country will be be deciding this who worked her way towards he'll be hopeful.
I am I because I didn't thank guy you know the American people aren't optimistic ask operational people.
And the more we recognize the blessings that we enjoy.
Because of the sacrifices.
The men and women in our military.
Think the more work unify we becomes a country to stand tall for what is America's about which is freedom.
The big concern for so many Americans though is that congress has become so polarized.
That nothing is getting done.
And many people are just hoping that solutions can be found it to work some of these high priority issues out so that we can move forward.
Yeah I think so I think the people want.
To see if federal government the works for them.
Think there's been a lot of feeling that it's been the other way around of late.
And we're trying to affect some solutions in Washington.
That can deliver result that that says the people that we are a country that is based on opportunity.
That we all want people to see a better life that we do want to be secure and that we do want to have our priorities straight.
And so that we can get on about the business of leading -- America.
Our thanks to kind of cancer and asked for the national defense authorization act that that the congressman mention about house approved that measure which would add more than 642 billion dollars of the defense budget.
And by the way if you want to get involved with the welcome home foundation to help our vets get a fresh start.
Go to American -- For vets dot -- -- great organization to support it well you.
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