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Washington, DC—Today, U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci (OH-16) joined a bipartisan effort to prohibit discrimination against veterans and service members seeking employment or housing opportunities. The Servicemember and Veterans Employment Rights and Housing Act – co-sponsored by Representatives Derek Kilmer of Washington and Tammy Duckworth of Illinois – was also introduced today in the U.S. Senate by Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut.

“Our service members have fought hard to protect the freedoms we are so blessed to enjoy in America, often risking their lives in the process,” said Rep. Renacci. “Under no circumstances should the brave men and women of our Armed Forces face job or housing discrimination based on the service they provided our country, especially considering the sacrifices their families have already made in their absence. I am proud to join with this bipartisan group of Representatives and Senators to ensure our veterans are not punished once they return home having safely completed their missions.”

“If you fight for our country, you shouldn’t have to fight for a job when you come home,” said Rep. Kilmer. “I’ve worked with a coalition of veterans from all generations to fight for our servicemembers and veterans at the state level and now I’m proud to work at the federal level to ensure that military status isn’t used against anyone looking for a home or a job. I look forward to working with Senator Blumenthal, Representative Renacci, and Representative Duckworth on this important issue.”

 “Shamefully, veterans who served our country return from deployment and too often struggle to find a job or a place to call home,” Sen. Blumenthal said. “By making military service a protected status, this bill will ensure that those who sacrificed to keep us safe are not discriminated against when they return home.”

H.R. 2654, The Veterans and Servicemembers Employment Rights and Housing Act of 2013 will add to anti-discrimination laws for housing and employment to ensure that military status is not used against anyone looking for a home or a job. The bill will provide comprehensive assistance to veterans of all eras and provide legal recourse for those who choose to seek it.  

The Servicemember and Veterans Employment Rights and Housing Act is endorsed by AMVETS, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the National Guard Association of the United States.

Rep. Renacci is serving his second term in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he is a member of the Ways and Means Committee. Prior to his election he worked as a Certified Public Accountant in the health care industry, and owned and operated over 60 other businesses in the automotive and sports management fields.

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