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Union Veterans Council Fires Back at Donald Trump for Saying Veterans with PTSD Are 'Weak'

Will Fischer, the executive director of the Union Veterans Council, AFL-CIO, had some strong words for Donald Trump after he said veterans with PTSD are "weak":

“Trump’s comments about veterans with PTSD reveal his total disdain for veterans and military families and highlight just how disconnected he is with our community. Calling combat veterans weak is mighty bold coming from someone who's kept awake at night over a mean tweet and who leveraged a minor injury and family privilege to dodge service during Vietnam.

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Construction Unions Help Wounded Veteran Renovate Virginia Home

Construction Unions Help Wounded Veteran Renovate Virginia Home

Last weekend, Washington, D.C.-area construction unions worked with the Wounded Warrior Project to renovate the Virginia home of a veteran wounded while serving in the Iraq War. Marine Cpl. Brandon Burns was wounded by sniper fire in Al Falluja, Iraq, in 2004, and the left side of his body has been paralyzed since. Now the man who paid a big cost in service of his country is getting much-needed renovations to his home.

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The Republican Candidates Hate Retirement Security: Winners and Losers of the Week

Photo courtesy Gage Skidmore on Flickr

In our regular weekly feature, we’ll be taking a look at the winners and losers of the week in the struggle for the rights of working families. The winners will be the persons or organizations that go above and beyond to expand or protect the rights of working families, while the losers will be whoever went above and beyond to limit or deny those rights.

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UAW Veterans Hold Carnival for Children of Veterans

Since 1925, the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) has helped veterans and their families with short- and long-term housing. From children who need foster care because their parents died in a war to veterans who have become homeless, the VFW maintains houses throughout the country to give aid to our military long after service. In 2006, UAW members joined with them and built the Steven P. Yokich duplex in Eaton Rapids, Mich., to house veteran families.   

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Today, We Pause and Remember

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Colton carries wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery during a Wreaths Across America event in Arlington, Va., on Dec. 15, 2012. Colton was among thousands of volunteers who helped place 110,000 wreaths at the graves of fallen service members, as part of the annual Wreaths Across America event. Burnett is attached to the 11th Civil Engineering Squadron at Joint Base Andrews, Md.

Will Fischer is a Marine Corps veteran of the war in Iraq and the executive director of the Union Veterans Council. To join or learn more about the council, visit and like us on Facebook.

Today is Memorial Day. Flowers are at peak bloom, the laughter of children welcoming summer can be heard from front porches throughout America and families are gathering for barbecues and fellowship. But today, we also pause and remember. Today, we take part in a collective funeral procession to the heart of our nation to pay our respects. Today, we honor those men and women who have drawn their last breaths on sandy beaches, city streets, ancient fields and in far away places, all in the service to our country. 

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Support the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act

Support the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act

A bipartisan bill currently before the Senate is focused on increasing efforts to prevent suicide among our veterans. According to a study done by the Veterans Administration (VA), an average of 22 veterans commit suicide every day.

The AFL-CIO's Union Veterans Council strongly urges you to support the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act. We need your help to push the Senate to vote on this measure before lawmakers go home for the holidays. Sign our petition to tell them this veterans' crisis deserves their attention. 

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Transport Worker Veterans Seek to Unify Across the Country

In 2014, the Transport Workers (TWU) union has increased its focus on veterans, particularly through the Veterans Committee's three-day conference, which seeks to unify and empower veterans and support the creation of veterans committees at locals across the country. In the past, the Veterans Committee focused more on service projects and fundraising, but it is shifting toward a more legislative agenda with a concentration on issues that affect veterans.

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Meet the Veterans Who Rebuilt the World Trade Center

On the anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, here's a little "Throwback Thursday" recognition of the veterans who rebuilt the World Trade Center and became highly skilled members of the union building and construction trades through the Helmets to Hardhats apprenticeship program. 

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