Protecting Those Who Have Protected Us

Weekly Column
One of our most sacred, if not the most sacred American holiday is Veteran’s Day – the day we honor those who have served to protect our nation, and especially those who have paid the ultimate price to defend and preserve our freedoms. Veteran’s Day began as “Armistice Day” in 1919. For decades it has drawn crowds to the many military memorials scattered across our nation. In a time of division and acrimony in our nation’s political discourse, I believe that there is one unifying sentiment that will always endure – the determination to honor and support our the men and women who have fought to defend our country and protect our liberty.
Our nation has experienced danger and threats throughout its history. Many wars have been fought, and sadly, many lives have been lost in the defense of freedom. In recent years Americans have witnessed a challenging security environment. At the same time, the federal government has fallen short in keeping its commitments to many of our twenty five million veterans. With growing threats around the world, reductions in our defense budget, and detrimental problems with our Veterans Affairs agency, Congress and the next administration face the task of repairing the broken parts of our military establishment and our veteran’s services.


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