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Congresswoman McCollum's Statement for Veterans Day

November 8, 2013
Press Release

 St. Paul, MN – Congresswoman McCollum released the following statement in commemoration of Veterans Day, which falls on Monday, November 11.  On Veterans Day she will be speaking at the State of Minnesota Veterans Day program in Inver Grove Heights.

“Veterans Day serves as a reminder of the enormous sacrifices that brave men and women have made for the ideals and beliefs that all Americans value.  As our men and women in uniform continue to return home from combat duty, today is an opportunity to give thanks to them, their families, and 22 million veterans. It is also a day to come together as Americans to pay a special tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country in the name of freedom around the world.

“On the battlefield, the U.S. Armed Forces pledge to leave no man or woman behind.  As a nation, it must be our promise that when they return home, we leave no veteran behind.  We must act to care for our soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, Guardsmen and Reservists, both abroad and at home -- ensuring that all of them receive the highest level of care and compensation they have so bravely earned serving this great nation.  This is a commitment to which I hold fast on Veterans Day and every day.”

Congresswoman Betty McCollum is a member of the House Appropriations Committee and is Co-Chair of the Congressional Native American Caucus.