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E-News 11/11/11

Following George Washington’s Advice

Every Day is Veterans Day

From the days when George Washington’s militia encamped at Jockey Hollow and was supplied by the Middle Forge near Lake Denmark to the current day-Picatinny Arsenal which supplies high-tech munitions to our forces operating in Afghanistan, our region has a rich history of support for our military.

On this Veterans Day, the tradition continues. We owe a debt of gratitude to groups like Morris County Chamber of Commerce, the Somerset County Business Partnership, the Slattery Detachment of Marine Corps League, Community Hope and Family Services of Morris County, our VFW and American Legion posts and others that work every day to find jobs for veterans returning from the war zone or retiring from the services.  These organizations and many volunteers are all making a real difference in the lives of men and women who have worn our nation’s uniform.

Today, millions of Americans serve.  We have a fighting force without equal. While no single tribute could suffice to fully honor their sacrifice, Veterans Day offers a chance for our nation to stand together in honoring the men and women who have fought for freedom under our flag.

Veterans Day serves as a powerful reminder of how our nation’s liberty and justice have been preserved by the dedication of our armed forces.

More than 190,000 members of the active military, Guard and Reserves – all volunteers – are currently deployed in places like Afghanistan, the Horn of Africa and, yes, Iraq.  Many have already served multiple deployments. They are fighting against violent extremists who want to bring their hatred of the United States onto our shores.

For many veterans who have survived engagement with the enemy, their war is not over.  Their silent battle against pain and injury speaks of the heavy burden that is borne by those who wear this nation’s uniform and those who stand ready to sacrifice in defense of liberty. 

That is why we must remain committed to making sure that our Veterans have the benefits and the funding they need and justly deserve!

George Washington recognized that taking care of those men and women who served is not only the right thing to do, but it makes sense for our country.  He said, “The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive veterans of early wars were treated and appreciated by our nation."

We officially celebrate ‘Veterans Day.’  But George Washington would approve if today and every day, we take time to thank a veteran for their service and sacrifice! 

Every day is ‘Veterans Day!’