HOUSTON, TX – Upon hearing news that Texans owner Bob McNair has donated to groups opposed to the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance,, a national veterans group with over 400,000 veterans, military families, and civilian supporters released the following statement. 

Jon Soltz, Iraq War Veteran and Chairman of said: 

"It’s beyond the pale that conservative donor Bob McNair is funding efforts in Houston to take away protections for veterans. We would remind Mr. McNair that it is veterans in Houston and around the country who have made the ultimate sacrifice and should not be discriminated against in employment when they come home. Many people are shocked to learn that discrimination against veterans still happens in Houston and that there are no local protections in city law to prevent this discrimination—but it’s true. Some employers refuse to hire veterans because they oppose military force or because they assume that veterans might have PTSD and are not ready to enter the civilian workplace. That's wrong.  Given that federal discrimination cases are expensive and the state of Texas has no veterans protections, Houston needs a local tool for people to get legal help when they’ve been harmed by discrimination. That’s why we support the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance.  Supporting our veterans means more than just bringing them out on the field before a football game.  Bob McNair should think about that.”

Founded in 2006,  and backed by over 400,000 supporters, the mission of is to use public issue campaigns and direct outreach to lawmakers to ensure that troops abroad have what they need to complete their missions, and receive the care they deserve when they get home. also recognizes veterans as a vital part of the fabric of our country and will work to protect veterans' interests in their day-to-day lives. is committed to the destruction of terror networks around the world - with force when necessary - to protect America. While non-partisan, the group is the largest progressive organization of veterans in America.

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