Today, we honor the service and sacrifice of our nation’s veterans. We are reminded of what we have asked of them and their families in the past as we face challenges across the globe today, and weigh the risks of deepening our involvement in conflicts in Iraq and Syria.
Veterans, who have already gone above and beyond the call of duty to our country, have the potential to contribute even more upon their return. It’s worth remembering that “The Greatest Generation” wasn’t called that in 1946—that term wasn’t coined until the 1990s, and had as much to do with what they did after the war as what they did in it.
Today’s generation of veterans is no different, and many of us are eager to serve the country again. We just need a chance, and that begins with getting adequate health care when we return. I maintain that our veterans deserve the best health care in the world, and will work tirelessly in Congress to help make that a reality.
As we hear stories of what veterans have done for us in the past, let us recommit ourselves to ensuring veterans can succeed in the future. Our future will always be brightest, our days of prosperity longest, and our nights of struggle and unrest shortest, when we put aside our differences and come together to do what is best for our nation. Our veterans have already done this in so many ways across the globe; today, we honor their example to us all.