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By virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution of Virginia in the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, there is hereby officially recognized:

National Hire A Veteran Day

WHEREAS, in 2017, as a call to action, National Hire a Veteran Day was established; and

WHEREAS, the goal of National Hire a Veteran Day is to encourage the recruitment and hiring of veterans whose unique skills and specialized expertise can create a diverse and high-performing workforce; and

WHEREAS, there are nearly 700,000 veterans across the Commonwealth, the 5th largest population of veterans in the nation; and

WHEREAS, there are more than 108,000 women veterans across the Commonwealth, the highest percentage of women veterans to total population of veterans in the nation; and

WHEREAS, more than 20,000 service members are estimated to leave service in Virginia annually; and

WHEREAS, Virginia employers realize a tremendous benefit by hiring veterans; and

WHEREAS, thousands of Virginia employers have demonstrated their support of hiring veterans by joining the Virginia Values Veterans (V3) Program of the Virginia Department of Veterans Services; and

WHEREAS, Virginia is proud to be the most veteran-friendly state in the nation making the Commonwealth the best place for veterans to live, work, and raise a family;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Glenn Youngkin, do hereby recognize July 25, 2024, as NATIONAL HIRE A VETERAN DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.