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      Governor Dayton's Veterans Day Address

      Posted on November 14, 2011 at 10:02 AM

      On Friday, Governor Dayton delivered the keynote address at the State of Minnesota Veterans Day Program and proclaimed Veterans Day in Minnesota, recognizing and appreciating all that has been given and sacrificed by America's Veterans in order to ensure that all Americans enjoy the blessings of freedom and liberty.

      Governor Dayton told hundreds of veterans that the best way to show thanks to returning solders and veterans is to give them a job, according to Minnesota Public Radio .

      Gov. Dayton said Americans owe a great debt to these men and women who sacrificed so much for their country.

      But he said a lot of soldiers are coming back from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to find a dearth of jobs at home.

      "Here in Minnesota, the unemployment among Minnesota veterans is by some counts more than double the state average," said Dayton. "There's something terribly wrong when women and men who have served their country have returned home and find their only opening for them is the unemployment line."

      Dayton said the best anti-poverty program for a veteran is a job.

      To watch Governor Dayton's keynote address at the state's official Veterans Day program, click here - via the Richfield Patch.