WASHINGTON, DC - House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) joined Speaker Pelosi and Members of Congress for a press conference today on the Wounded Warrior Fellowship Program. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery:
“I am pleased to be here with the Speaker, Members of Congress and veterans participating in Wounded Warrior Fellowship Program. Nearly a year ago, I joined with the Speaker to announce the creation of this program as a means of opening up the doors of Congress to our veterans when they return home.
“Our soldiers are willing to give the ultimate measure of sacrifice in order to keep us safe. Our debt to them is immeasurable, and we honor their sacrifices as best we can. But for a veteran returning from the battlefield, the transition can be tough, particularly in this current economic environment.
“This program provides a unique opportunity for veterans to pursue an interest in public service and gain valuable experience working on Capitol Hill that will open doors for employment and future opportunities. Having veterans as members of Congressional staffs will also enhance our perspective in Congress on how to improve veterans’ care and keep our promises to honor their service.
“It goes without saying that the veterans of this country - to whom we owe so much - have fulfilled their duties bravely and honorably. There are many ways we can show them our support. This program is just one of them.”