On Veterans Day, we honor you and we thank you

This weekend is Veterans Day – the day we set aside each year to honor the men and women from all walks of life who have served our country in uniform.

Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines have paid the price with their own lives so that you and I can continue to enjoy our freedom. We will never forget the men and women who fought to protect that right.

This is also a time to honor and thank America’s men and women who are currently serving in uniform – many of whom are deployed right now around the globe in the fight against radical Islamic terrorism.

Our military is, and will continue to be, the most feared and respected in the entire world. A well-trained, well-equipped, and well-resourced military helps ensure peace both over-seas and right here in our homeland.

The House of Representatives has worked tirelessly to keep our promises to our veterans. This year, we demanded accountability so employees at the VA can be fired, demoted, or suspended for not doing their jobs properly. For those brave men and women currently serving, we increased defense funding to counter threats and enhance our military readiness. We also provided service members with their biggest pay raise in eight years.

We take defense of this country very seriously.

Every Veterans Day, I’m reminded of an observance by John Stuart Mill, who said, “War is an ugly thing, but it isn’t the ugliest of things: the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks the nothing is worth a war, is much worse.” It is in this spirit that I offer my thanks and appreciation to my fellow veterans for your service, your sacrifice, and your selfless commitment to the principles and freedom we cherish.

This Veterans Day, we honor you and we thank you.