This Veterans Day, our nation will come together once again to celebrate the men and women who have selflessly answered the call to protect our freedom and liberty by serving in our armed forces.
For generations, the sacrifices that our veterans have made for our country have kept it a shining city on a hill and a bastion of freedom and hope for those who long for a better future for themselves and their families.
I am the proud wife of a combat wounded Army Ranger who volunteered for service in Vietnam and stepmother to Douglas and his wife, Lindsay, who both served tours of duty as Marine aviators in Iraq, with Lindsay also serving in Afghanistan. Through them I have seen firsthand what our heroes and their families endure in defense of our country.
Although we can never fully repay their sacrifice, my Republican colleagues and I work tirelessly to advance meaningful and bipartisan solutions for some of the most pressing challenges faced by veterans throughout our nation.
Together, we fight for our heroes and will continue working until they receive world class care for world class service. That starts by reforming and rethinking the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), which is failing to provide the care and services that our veterans have rightfully earned. Some of these solutions include the Vet Connect Act, the VA Accountability Act, and the No Veterans Crisis Line Call Should Go Unanswered Act, which all seek to increase and improve access to quality care—when, where and how it is needed.
This Veterans Day, I join my colleagues in extending our deepest gratitude to the men and women who have served. It is because of their courage that our nation continues to be a stronghold of liberty and democracy.
We remain steadfast in our commitment to advocate for and meet the needs of those who have given so much. I am proud that our Republican conference has worked on bipartisan solutions for veterans. However, there is still much more to be done, and that’s why House Republicans are offering a Better Way. We will continue working for a future where every veteran has access to the benefits that he or she earned, a future where all those who have served have the tools to lead successful and fulfilling lives in the communities they protected.