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federal entities to support major   rehire veterans who have been    McDonough will hear our
            construction projects. “As a       unemployed due to COVID-19.       message loud and clear: The
            veteran myself, I know how                                           Department of Veterans Affairs
            outdated some VA facilities are    His determination has not         desperately needs to step up its
            and the negative impact that       stopped there. In August of 2021,   commitment to veterans in rural
            can have,” Jackson said. “It is    Jackson led an initiative with    areas, and we stand ready to
            an important priority for me to    82 of his colleagues, including   work as partners to ensure ALL
            make sure veterans are taken       House Minority Leader Kevin       veterans get the care they have
            care of and that they receive the   McCarthy, urging the Secretary   rightfully earned,” Jackson said.
            same quality of care in modern     of Veterans Affairs to prioritize
            facilities as we see in the private   improving care for rural       Texas’ 13th Congressional
            sector.”                           veterans. The letter discussed    District is home to many brave
                                               increasing overall access to      American heroes, and Jackson is
            Another piece of legislation       care for rural veterans through   proud to represent every single
            Jackson co-led to help veterans    creative solutions, cross-agency   one of them. He knows there
            is H.R. 3582, the Veteran          collaboration, public-private     is still more work to be done
            Employment Recovery Act,           partnerships, and improved        for veterans, and Congressman
            which expands the Veteran          rural broadband. “With so many    Jackson has no intention of
            Work Opportunity Tax Credit to     of my colleagues joining me       stopping his service until his
            encourage businesses to hire or    in this effort, I hope Secretary   mission is complete.

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