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Heinrich Statement On Veterans Day

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Chair of the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee, released the following statement in recognition of Veterans Day.

“Words can’t express how much we owe our military veterans for the contributions and sacrifices they have made in service to our nation. Even so, I hope that each of us will take a moment today—and every day—to offer our sincere appreciation to the veterans in our families and in our communities.

“I am honored to serve a state with a proud tradition of service and one of the highest rates of military volunteerism in the nation. Through my current leadership role on the Appropriations Subcommittee that oversees the VA’s funding, I am committed to ensuring that all of our veterans and their families receive the full education, housing, and health care benefits that they have earned through their service.

“This year, I helped to pass the Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act to provide long overdue recognition, screening, and treatment from the VA for toxic exposure related conditions. Finally, so many generations of veterans who have been exposed to toxins through their service will receive the VA health care and benefits that they have long deserved.

“It is humbling to reflect on the many generations of veterans whose willingness to serve protected the freedoms and values that we all cherish. May we never forget them, and may we remain steadfast in our support of those brave Americans who continue to serve and protect our nation.”