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Congresswoman Betty McCollum

Representing the 4th District of Minnesota

McCollum Statement on Veterans Day

November 10, 2016
Press Release

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) released the following statement ahead of the observance of Veterans Day on Nov. 11:

“For more than 200 years, the United States Armed Forces have bravely served and sacrificed to protect the ideals that we value and the freedoms that we cherish as Americans.

“On Veterans Day, we honor the service of all the women and men who serve and have served in the United States Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Merchant Marine, and Navy. We also reflect on the tremendous sacrifice made by their family members and loved ones. Today, we also pause to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country.  As we honor their bravery, we pray for the family members, loved ones, friends, and comrades they leave behind.

“More than saluting their service and memorializing their sacrifice, as a country we have a moral obligation to take care of our veterans when they return home.  I am proud of the work we have done together for Minnesota’s 400,000 veterans. We have improved health care for current and former servicemen and women, expanded access to educational opportunities and job training programs for our servicemembers returning home, and acted to end the scourge of veteran homelessness.

“We have more work to do — and I will continue to work to honor the sacrifice of our veterans and their families by ensuring that they receive the gratitude and support that they have earned.”