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“When our National Guard and reservists are called to duty, it is our duty to ensure that they have the peace of mind of knowing that their jobs are secure when they return,” said Mr. Bilirakis, who is vice chairman of the Veterans Affairs Committee. “This legislation is a necessary step in supporting those who sign on to protect our nation and ensure our freedoms.”

“The unemployment rate among our service members is already far too high. Protecting the jobs they already have should be a top priority,” said Mr. Walz, who is a 24 year veteran of the Army National Guard. “The TSA employs thousands of veterans, reservists and members of the National Guard who should not have to worry about losing their jobs when called to active duty. They have earned and deserve this simple protection. This bill ensures Transportation Security Officers will keep their jobs when called to keep our nation safe.”

“A critical part of the obligation we have to support the troops includes ensuring a stable economic condition when they return from military service,” Mr. Owens said. “When Americans are deployed with the Armed Forces, they should not have to worry that they might be fired simply for being away on duty. This bipartisan legislation protects the jobs of American service members by ensuring that a call to serve doesn’t amount to a pink slip for officers of the Transportation Security Administration.”

The bill also has the support of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) and the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). Retired Vice Admiral Norb Ryan, president of the MOAA, applauded the introduction of the Reemployment Rights bill for National Guard and Reserve members employed by the Transportation Security Agency.

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