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Veterans Day Statements

By David Wildstein, November 11 2019 9:43 am

Former State Senator Raymond Lesniak

As a U.S Army veteran and a citizen of the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave, I salute our veterans who have helped make America great and helped secure freedom from oppression for citizens of countries across the globe.
Because of our veterans, we are free to choose our political leaders and state our political beliefs without concern about government reprisal. Because of veterans, slavery was abolished in America and Nazism was stopped from world domination.

We all know a veteran. Take time today to reach out and give him or her a thank you and a hug.

Democratic Congressional Candidate Stephanie Schmid:

Every day—and especially on Veterans Day—it is important to honor and remember all those who have served our country and fought for our freedoms.

Service to this country has been a part of my family for generations. My maternal grandfather served on the frontlines in both World War II and the Korean War. His memory will forever serve as an inspiration to promote and protect democracy, and work to uplift those in our community and around the world.

As a United States Foreign Service Officer, I was proud to work side-by-side with members of the United States military. I witnessed the hard work and sacrifices our service members make in order to serve our country. But too often our service members are not given the support they need when they leave the military and return to civilian life.

Our country owes our veterans a great debt. Elected officials must work tirelessly to ensure that we honor their service by providing the resources and services they need to thrive here at home. If I am given the privilege of serving my country again as the next Congresswoman from New Jersey’s Fourth District, I will prioritize legislation and constituent services that help our veterans.

I was proud to vote last Tuesday for the state-wide ballot measure originating out of the office of our own Monmouth County elected officials, Senator Vin Gopal and Assembly members Joann Downey and Eric Houghtaling, which gives New Jersey veterans who live in continuing care communities a $250 annual property-tax deduction—a small step forward in ensuring military members, particularly our elders, receive the financial support they deserve.

I’m committed to protecting the rights of veterans and their families everywhere. I will work with my future Congressional colleagues to protect and expand resources provided by Veterans Affairs, including more robust mental health and rehabilitation services. Every military member should be welcomed home with gratitude and provided the tools they need to secure housing, employment, and comprehensive healthcare coverage. My support for these policies will never waiver.

Thank you to all those who have served, and, in Congress, I promise to proudly serve our community and our country.

U.S. Senator Bob Menendez

My parents came to the United States in search of a freedom they couldn’t find at home in Cuba. They raised me to never take our freedoms for granted, and I’ve carried that with me ever since.

I hope all Americans will join me this Veterans Day in showing deep appreciation for our family, friends, and neighbors who have defended freedom here at home and abroad by serving in our armed forces.

Our country owes each and every one of them a great debt.

I will continue to fight each day to ensure America’s veterans and their families receive the benefits they have earned and are given access to high-quality health care — including mental health — education, and job opportunities upon their return to civilian life.

To the LGBTQ veterans and immigrants who have served our military who feel especially vulnerable at this chaotic time in our nation’s history, know that we have your back too.

To all those who have proudly and courageously volunteered to defend our nation and our values, we say thank you. Your heroism and selflessness inspires us all.

How we take care of our veterans and their families defines who we are as a nation.

Rep. Mikie Sherrill

“I served with so many wonderful men and women who made sacrifices to keep our country safe. I am honored to work on behalf of our nation’s veterans, including the nearly 28,000 veterans in our community. From the WWII veterans I’ve met during the 75th Anniversary of D-Day commemorations, to the Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who have recently returned home to us, North Jersey is stronger because of our veterans.

“I’ve fought to honor that sacrifice by passing legislation that will help all our veterans, no matter when or where they served. We must make sure that whether a Blue Water Navy veteran, an Iraq veteran exposed to toxic chemicals from burn pits, or a woman veteran who needs access to a mammogram, the VA provides the care our servicemembers have earned.

“But our work doesn’t stop there. We need to make sure that veterans have help translating their skills into the civilian workforce, have access to PTSD treatment through partnerships with service dogs, and that their families are taken care of after their service is over. My team and I are committed to helping veterans in North Jersey, and I will continue to push Congress to fulfill the promises we’ve made to those who serve and put their lives on the line for our country.”

Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick

“There is one trait veterans have in common: humility.   In today’s society, veterans have demonstrated to us that they place others over self – an incredible example for all of us.  Thank you to all those who served our country.”

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