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AMVETS Urges Congress to Pass a New Bill that Would Protect America's Veterans and Servicemembers from Discrimination


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EARLIER THIS MONTH [JULY], THE "VETERANS AND SERVICEMEMBERS EMPLOYMENT-RIGHTS AND HOUSING ACT" WAS INTRODUCED, IN BOTH HOUSES OF CONGRESS.  THE BILL WOULD PROVIDE BOTH VETERANS AND SERVICEMEMBERS WITH THE SAME PROTECTED-STATUS AS MANY OTHER GROUPS--AND WOULD PROHIBIT DISCRIMINATION ON THE BASIS OF EITHER MILITARY-SERVICE OR VETERAN-STATUS.  JAY AGG IS WITH "AMVETS"--WHICH HAS CHAMPIONED THE LEGISLATION...

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"WE'RE APPRECIATIVE OF THE LEADERSHIP OF BOTH SENATOR BLUMENTHAL AND REPRESENTATIVE KILMER, IN INTRODUCING THIS IMPORTANT AND LONG-OVERDUE LEGISLATION--WHICH WOULD GRANT AMERICAN VETERANS AND SERVICEMEMBERS FREEDOM FROM DISCRIMINATION, IN BOTH THE WORKPLACE AND HOUSING.  THE SAME RIGHTS THAT THEY FOUGHT TO PRESERVE, FOR THEIR FELLOW AMERICANS, WILL NOW BE AFFORDED TO THEM--UPON PASSAGE OF THIS BILL.  MANY STATES HAVE LEGAL-PROTECTIONS FOR VETERANS--WHILE OTHERS HAVE ALREADY MADE VETERANS A PROTECTED-CLASS.  HOWEVER, RIGHT NOW, THERE'S NO COMPREHENSIVE FEDERAL-LAW THAT PROTECTS ALL THOSE WHO HAVE SERVED IN UNIFORM.  WE URGE ALL MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION, AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.  AND, WE URGE PRESIDENT OBAMA TO SIGN IT.
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THE BILL HAS ALSO BEEN ENDORSED BY THE "VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS"--AND BY THE "NATIONAL GUARD ASSOCIATION OF THE UNITED STATES".  FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT "AMVETS"-DOT-ORG.



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