Braley Reintroduces Bill to Make Veterans Day a Holiday for All Veterans

Oct 29, 2013 Issues: Veterans Affairs

The Veterans Day Off Act would allow veterans to take Veterans Day off when they’d otherwise have to work

Washington, DC – Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) today reintroduced legislation to make Veterans Day a holiday for all veterans in the United States. It would allow veterans of large employers, who do not currently receive the day off, the opportunity to take leave on Veterans Day.

“Veterans Day is a day to honor and commemorate the brave men and women who have put their lives on the line for our country,” Braley said. “It’s only right that our veterans are given the opportunity to be honored for their selfless service. Allowing them to take Veterans Day off work is just one small way of showing our gratitude for their commitment and service.”

Although Veterans Day is designated a federal holiday, private-sector employers can choose not to observe it. The Veterans Day Off Act would require companies with more than 50 employees to give any veteran working for the company Veterans Day off.

Veterans must request the day off at least 30 days in advance and provide proof of veteran status if requested. The leave may be paid or unpaid and an employer may deny the leave if it negatively impacts public health or safety, or causes significant economic or operational disruption.

Additionally, any veteran who served with any branch of the military is and received an honorable discharge would be eligible for leave. The legislation excludes public sector veteran employees who already receive Veterans Day off.

Braley first introduced the Veterans Day Off Act in January 2011 and it was his first act as a member of the Veterans Affairs Committee during the 112th Congress. The legislation is based off Iowa’s Veterans Day Law that was signed by Gov. Chet Culver in April 2010.

Full text of the Veterans Day Off Act can be found at the following link: http://1.usa.gov/17U7OVj.