Friday, January 21, 2011

Iowa Congressman Bruce Braley-Give Veterans the Day OFF on Veterans Day

Congressman Braley appears to be a Veteran Friendly member of Congress, and a member of the
House Veterans Affairs Committee. This is someone we should all target as a possible ally in the quest
for our Cold War Service Medal.

I ask that everyone contact him and ask for his support. Possibly even to introduce legislation to
authorize the Cold War Service Medal.

Braley proposes making Veterans Day a holiday for veterans

by Pat Curtis on January 20, 2011

Iowa Congressman Bruce Braley was confirmed Wednesday as a new member of the Veterans Affairs Committee in the 112th Congress. The Democrat from Waterloo quickly proposed legislation to make Veterans Day a holiday for all vets.

Braley says the bill is modeled after a law that already exists in Iowa. “It makes sure brave men and women who have served our nation are able to take Veterans Day off,” Braley said. Veterans Day is currently designated as a federal holiday, but private employers can choose to ignore it. Braley’s proposal would require private employers to give any employee who is a veteran a day off on Veterans Day.

“I’ll be working with members on both sides of the aisle to get cosponsors for my bill and hopefully move it through the Veterans Committee as soon as possible,” Braley said. The bill includes exceptions for small businesses, cases where public health or safety are concerned, or where the holiday would significantly disrupt operations.

Braley says the employer would decide if the day off should be a paid or unpaid holiday.

Jerald Terwilliger
National Chairman
American Cold War Veterans
"We Remember"

---------------- "And so the greatest of American triumphs... became a peculiarly joyless victory. We had won the Cold War, but there would be no parades." -- Robert M. Gates, 1996