Veterans Day is a day of reflection

Nov 13, 2017 Issues: Veterans

Today we honor all the men and women who’ve served our country. A veteran’s commitment to protecting America should never go unnoticed or unappreciated. President Dwight D. Eisenhower rightfully saw the need for a time dedicated to our veterans and proclaimed November 11th as Veterans Day. We reflect on the sacrifices made by veterans and their families which have helped to ensure that freedom and democracy prevail in this country.

Since its founding, the United States has fought in 11 major wars and other smaller conflicts. More than 50 million Americans have served in our military during those times. Minnesota's Seventh Congressional District is currently home to over 50,000 veterans.

In Congress, we are working to improve the benefits and resources our service members have earned both overseas and here at home. I have recently cosponsored many bills benefitting veterans, one for example would eliminate taxes imposed on a surviving spouse and another would increase the number of outreach specialists in VA medical centers. I am also working to improve education and employment options for those returning from service. The transition back to civilian life is not easy, and as a Member of Congress I will work to meet our obligation to those who serve and defend us.

Their strength and courage inspires us to work hard at improving our lives at home. I am proud to join with my fellow Minnesotans to pay tribute to those who have bravely defended this country.