WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) issued the following statement in honor of Veterans Day. He will be commemorating the day in Gallup, N.M.
"On Veterans Day, communities in New Mexico and around the country come together to honor our brave veterans, service members, and fallen heroes who've given their lives for the cause of freedom. Millions of veterans across the country, including more than 170,000 veterans in New Mexico have defended our nation with extraordinary courage and unparalleled distinction.
"One of my most important responsibilities is to keep America's promise to our veterans and their families by ensuring they receive the benefits they have earned, support needed to transition into civilian life with good paying jobs, and the best quality health care available.
"The tradition of answering the call of duty runs deep in New Mexico's history. Let us reaffirm our promise to our returning troops and their families, and remember that our commitments to those who have served are commitments we must honor not only on Veterans Day, but every day.
"I join New Mexicans in thanking our veterans and their families for their courage, sacrifice, and for the peace and freedom that they have provided us."