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The Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery in North Hanover, New Jersey. (Photo: Steve Trapani.)

Veterans Day: Statements

By David Wildstein, November 11 2021 9:06 am

U.S. SENATOR BOB MENENDEZ

“On Veterans Day, I join all Americans in expressing our profound gratitude for the immeasurable sacrifices made by those have served and continue to serve in the U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, Space Force, Coast Guard and Reserve forces. The truth is we are all the direct beneficiaries of generations upon generations of veterans whose courage and selfless service have made the peace and security we enjoy today possible.

“The recent, heartbreaking loss of 13 U.S. servicemembers working to evacuate American citizens, allies and refugees from Afghanistan reminds us just how much we owe those who risk their lives while serving our country. Though we may never be able to repay that debt, it is our responsibility as Americans to do right by our veterans and their families by making sure that they have access to world class health care and mental health services, educational opportunities, affordable housing, good-paying jobs, and all the benefits they earned during their faithful service to our country.

“This Veterans Day, let us remember that honoring our veterans is about more than thanking them for their service – it’s about living up to our commitment to serve those who so selflessly served us.”

 ASSEMBLY SPEAKER CRAIG COUGHLIN

“On this Veterans Day, I take the time to thank and honor every American who so bravely and selflessly served wearing our nation’s uniform.

“We owe a debt of gratitude to these men and women, and their families, for their courage and sacrifice to secure our freedoms. Let today renew our commitment to them and let our gratefulness continue to be reflected through our actions.

“Access to good-paying jobs, affordable and quality healthcare, educational opportunity, housing and financial security are all important aspects of our tireless commitment and responsibility to caring for our veterans.

“This session the Assembly invested deeply in the long-term prosperity of New Jersey veterans. We ended the tax on combat pay, expanded the veterans’ property tax exemption, enacted meaningful reforms to better care for those in our veterans’ homes, closed loopholes providing stronger legal protections for veterans in cases of sexual assault, and supported veteran and military families sending their kids to college.

“We recognize the need to keep building and my vision to chart a path forward on hunger, housing, and small business development speaks to the needs of those left most vulnerable within our veterans communities.

“God bless all who served the United States in war or peace, at home and abroad, today and every day.”

NEW JERSEY STATE AFL-CIO PRESIDENT CHARLES WOWKANECH AND SECRETARY-TREASURER LAUREL BRENNAN

“The truest description of the United States is “The home of the free because of the brave.” Every man, woman and child owes our armed forces veterans from every conflict an everlasting debt of gratitude every day, but especially on this 11th day of the 11th month: Veterans Day.“Whenever our nation has called, working men and women left their jobs, homes and families to serve a greater good, the defense of every American and everything Americans hold dear. They defended and preserved our rights in this blessed land governed by the rule of law, our cherished Constitution.“As our parades and musical tributes today honor every veteran who stood proud and brave under Old Glory, we must also honor their sacrifices by strengthening the rights our heroes stood for, and which they still stand for: The right of every American to participate in our democracy by voting, and for every vote to count. The right to organize into unions and bargain collectively, maintaining our middle-class American way of life.“We can honor our veterans today and every day by advocating for Congressional passage of the Freedom to Vote Act and the Protecting the Right to Organize Act. ”

REP. JOSH GOTTHEIMER

“Today we commemorate Veterans Day. This is a solemn occasion — a time to remember and thank the brave men and women who served in our armed forces.

“We are all indebted to the veterans of this country. When freedom was on the line, they personally sacrificed to ensure we could maintain our way of life and keep the American Dream alive. They are the heroes of our society.

“We must do more than simply acknowledge their service: we must also act to ensure that veterans are treated fairly and given the respect they deserve. Millions of vets are struggling to get the healthcare they need, facing delays on prescription deliveries and a severe lack of available resources. In short, we must do better for our veterans.

“These heroes deserve a fair shake and the benefits they are entitled to. They fought for us, and I will never stop fighting for them.”

REP. TOM MALINOWSKI

“Today we salute the brave Americans in uniform who have served our country in defense of freedom and democracy.  Let us join together to ensure no veteran is left behind and continue to provide them with the resources they need and have earned.”

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