Chair­man San­ders on Vet­er­ans Day

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS -

Sen. Bernie San­ders, chair­man of the Se­nate Com­mit­tee on Vet­er­ans’ Af­fairs, is­sued the fol­low­ing state­ment in ad­vance of Mon­day’s ob­ser­vance of Vet­er­ans Day: “As we honor our na­tion’s vet­er­ans, we must re­al­ize the im­por­tant debt we owe them, a debt we can never truly re­pay. We must not for­get that the true cost of war goes far be­yond dol­lars and cents. Since World War II, more than 500,000 Amer­i­cans have lost their lives in war. Mil­lions more have re­ceived dis­abil­ity rat­ings by the VA. As a na­tion, we have a moral obli­ga­tion to pro­vide for the wounded and en­sure that all vet­er­ans re­ceive ev­ery ben­e­fit they have earned and de­serve.

“As chair­man of the Se­nate Com­mit­tee on Vet­er­ans’ Af­fairs, I am proud of the work that Congress has done in re­cent years to im­prove and ex­pand the ser­vices and ben­e­fits avail­able to our vet­er­ans. Much has been ac­com­plished. More needs to be done.

“On this Vet­er­ans Day I want to ex­press a spe­cial thanks to Vermont vet­er­ans. In war af­ter war, from the Rev­o­lu­tion­ary War to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Vermont ser­vice-mem­bers have been there when their coun­try called. We are proud of their ser­vice.

“Novem­ber 11, Vet­er­ans Day, is the spe­cial day of the year that we honor our na­tion’s he­roes. Our com­mit­ment to vet­er­ans, how­ever, must ex­tend to ev­ery day of the year. To­gether, we must do all that we can to en­sure that all vet­er­ans in this coun­try get the qual­ity health care and other ben­e­fits which they de­serve.”

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