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Pelosi, Hoyer, Brady Announce Appointment of Director of House Wounded Warrior Program
Date:2/27/2008

WASHINGTON, Feb. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and House Committee on Administration Chairman Robert A. Brady announced today the appointment of Retired Master Gunnery Sergeant Patricia Orsini as the Director of the U.S. House of Representatives' new Wounded Warrior Program.

The Wounded Warrior Program was established at the direction of Speaker Pelosi, Leader Hoyer and Chairman Brady with the goal of employing as many as 50 veterans to work with Members of Congress, Committee and Leadership offices, and in support services.

"This unique initiative will allow the House to replicate the successful efforts taken by the Defense Department in placing wounded veterans in good, quality jobs," said Pelosi, Hoyer and Brady. "As director of this program, Sergeant Orsini will bring these extraordinary public servants into Congressional service, and we know she will make this remarkable endeavor a great success for the taxpayers, the U.S. House, and these American heroes."

"Sergeant Orsini understands the needs of wounded warriors, and understands that many veterans want to continue to serve their country," House Chief Administrative Officer Dan Beard said. "Our country has invested in these men and women, and their skills and leadership qualities will translate well into Congressional service."

"I'm excited to oversee this wonderful program, which will find jobs for wounded warriors at a time when they most need the support of the nation they fought for -- when they return from war," Orsini said.

Pelosi, Hoyer and Brady directed Beard to develop the program in a letter dated November 7, 2007: "From our visits with our wounded military over the past several years, we are well aware that these service men and women possess a wide range of valuable skills and experiences, as well as enthusiasm for hard work, which would be enormously valuable to any employer," the lawmaker
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