LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada Congressman Joe Heck is honoring his fellow veterans in a weekly Republican address to the nation.

Heck, an active-duty Army reservist, focused on veterans’ unemployment during the national Republican address on Saturday.

Heck said the nation owes its veterans a strong economy, so they can transition into civilian life when they return from deployment. He urged Americans to thank veterans and men and women in military uniforms on the street for their sacrifices.

Heck recalled his service as an army physician in Iraq in 2008 and watching his staff tend to a deceased 20-year-old Marine. Heck told The Associated Press that the incident still haunts him, and he still recalls the deceased man’s face and name.

Heck serves on the House Armed Services committee. He was elected last year.

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