On November 11, we will recognize that the United States became and remains a free nation under God because of our honorable veterans. Throughout the month of November, and every day, I ask that you remember to thank them and their families for their service. For each morning we wake up blessed with our liberties, we must remind ourselves of their selfless actions in defending our independence.
As the son of a World War II Navy veteran, and a brother of three veterans, my heart goes out to military families for the sacrifices they make day-in and day-out. The strength and dedication displayed by military families is no short of heroic, as they serve our country alongside their loved ones in uniform. Their loyalty must be met with the recognition it deserves.
In his Second Inaugural Address, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the importance of caring for our veterans and their families: “With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.”
We as Americans share in this responsibility. These courageous veterans and their families stepped up to the plate at great personal cost, and we owe them a debt we can never truly repay. Because of their immeasurable dedication, we must maintain our promise to care for our military once they return home.
You have my word that I will remain vigilant in supporting legislation that provides for our veterans and military families. Let us stand united in protecting the lives of those who protect ours.
Thank you for your service. May God bless you all and this great nation.
Dennis A. Ross