Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement in commemoration of Veterans Day, which falls on Monday.
“On Veterans Day, Americans pause to honor the boundless courage and heroic sacrifice of the men and women who have served our nation in uniform. Our veterans are the great guardians of our nation, our values, and our way of life. Far from home, on distant battlefields, our soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen have fought and died in the name of liberty and freedom.
“President Kennedy once said that ‘we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.’ Our veterans were willing to give everything to serve our country; we should do everything we can to serve them.
“With so many brave veterans struggling with seen and unseen scars of war, it is our responsibility to ensure they receive the support they have earned by their heroism. We must continue to reduce the backlog of disability claims, building on the bipartisan legislative package that passed last month to promote innovation and speed up the claims process. We must work to pass common sense legislation that expands economic opportunity, addresses the special challenges faced by women veterans, and creates jobs for all those who have served in uniform. We must treat every day as Veterans Day.
“Our nation is honored and humbled by our veterans’ strength and service. On this Veterans Day, let us reaffirm our basic pledge: that just as our soldiers leave no one behind on the battlefield, we will leave no veteran behind at home.”