U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert commemorates fallen on Memorial Day
May 28, 2012
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 8 a.m. May 28, 2012
U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert honored veterans and families on Memorial Day, as the Issaquah representative in Congress also highlighted legislative accomplishments for veterans.
“As so many of us settle into this long weekend looking forward to visiting with and enjoying our friends and family, let us pause to remember those Americans who have given us the liberty to do so,” he said in a statement. “We are blessed to have so many generations of warriors who have fought valiantly for our freedom. They suffered so that those of us who endure may pursue our American dreams.”
Reichert, a former King County sheriff and Auburn Republican, also served in the U.S. Air Force Reserve during the Vietnam War era.
“Most importantly, Memorial Day is a wonderful time to look within our communities for a recent veteran, veteran’s family or group in need and reach out to help,” he said. “It is within all of our powers to show our support to those brave men and women and their loved ones who continue to offer their lives so that we can have our freedom. God bless them and God bless America.”
In May, Reichert introduced H.R. 5380, or the Housing for Heroes Act, to increase the availability of housing and other facilities for homeless veterans.
Reichert is also a cosponsor of the Veterans Jobs Act to authorize a pilot program to would allow local business leaders to serve as mentors for separating servicemembers transitioning into the civilian workforce.