November 11, 2016
Lujan Statement Honoring Our Nation's Veterans
Santa Fe, NM – Congressman Ben Ray Lujan of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement today in celebration of Veterans Day.
“Today in New Mexico, we honor the long and proud tradition of service in the Armed Forces. So many of our family, friends and neighbors bravely answer the call when our country calls them to duty. Generations of New Mexicans have worn the uniforms of our Armed Forces and made sacrifices, both large and small, in defense of our country. These men and women take time away from their families, spend holidays away from home, and, in many cases, willingly make the ultimate sacrifice putting themselves in harm’s way. We have a responsibility to remember and recognize all those that have served.
“Sadly, as a nation we have not always lived up to that responsibility. To honor the the commitment to our veterans, we must ensure veterans and their families receive the benefits they have earned and deserve. While we have taken important steps to right the wrongs at VA facilities that failed to provide the care our veterans, there is more that must be done, we must remain vigilant to ensure that veterans receive only the best care.
“We must provide opportunities to our veterans. Despite the leadership, skills, and training they possess, too many veterans are not able to find work. From job training to incentives to hire veterans, we must support the men and women who served to be business owners, entrepreneurs, and leaders in our communities.
“Thank you to each and every veteran and your families for all that you have done make us a more perfect union. Let us always remember those Missing In Action and Prisoners of War, and never forget that freedom is not free."
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