WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) released a statement regarding honoring our nation's veterans on Veterans Day.
“This Veterans Day, Americans come together to remember those who have served our nation around the world in the name of freedom and democracy. The debt that we owe to our brave service members cannot be measured. Their sacrifices and those of their families are freedom’s foundation. Without the efforts of all the soldiers, airmen, sailors, marines, Coast Guardsmen, and their families, our country would not live so freely.
Today, millions of Americans are indebted to those veterans who have made great sacrifices in preserving our democracy, protecting our freedoms, and defending our liberties. In response, we, as a nation, have a responsibility to pay tribute to our nation’s veterans and preserve the memory of their patriotism by ensuring that they are provided with the resources they need to obtain suitable and sustainable employment.
Unfortunately, as we all know, the current economic environment has left millions of Americans out of work and has made it exceptionally difficult for veterans to find jobs. Additionally, sequestration looms as a great danger to our nation’s veterans and their families. As Congress reconvenes in November, it is my belief that there is a renewed sense of urgency to put aside political gamesmanship and come to a bi-partisan agreement for sequestration before the end of the year.
On the battlefield, the military pledges to leave no soldier behind. As a nation, let it be our pledge that when they return home, we leave no veteran behind. This day and every day, let us honor their service with actions that fulfill our commitment to our troops, their families, and our veterans – and that are worthy of our grateful nation."