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PRESS RELEASE: 11/11/05
Walden Thanks Veterans for Sacrifice and Service, Supports Additional Legislation to Benefiting Those Who Have Served
Statement reminds Oregonians to thank veterans on Veterans Day and throughout the year
Washington, D.C. - To honor our nation's veterans and celebrate Veterans Day today, U.S. Congressman Greg Walden (R-OR) announced his support of several pieces of bipartisan legislation making improvements to key military service benefits including health care, veterans' disability and retirement. Walden has also released a public service announcement to radio and television stations throughout the Second District thanking America's veterans.
"Today we celebrate Veterans Day and honor the 25 million Americans who have served in our Armed Forces. We honor them for their love of country and their sacrifice. America has always been a nation devoted to the cause of liberty at home and abroad; and through their bravery, out nation's heroes have advanced freedom's cause and allowed us to be free and secure," said Walden, a member of the House Army Caucus, the Air Force Caucus, the Navy/Marine Corps Caucus and the USO Congressional Caucus.
"Veterans Day is a day to pay tribute to those who have worn our nation's uniforms - to thank them for their service and sacrifice. It is my hope, however, that we do not limit ourselves to expressing gratitude solely on this designated day, but that we all remember to regularly extend thanks to those who have served the United States so bravely and selflessly," he added.
Walden has announced his support for five pieces of legislation covering a variety of issues related to military and veterans' affairs:
"Military personnel ensure our nation's freedom and guard her safety, and we have a responsibility to ensure that their service does not go unrecognized and that promises made to them are kept. We need to secure access to quality, affordable health care and fair retirement benefits for military retirees, and provide support for families of those who give the ultimate sacrifice," said Walden.
An MP3 audio file of Walden's public service announcement is available on his website at www.walden.house.gov/press/audio/2005/VETPSA.mp3. More information on Veterans Day and how individuals can help thank our nation's veterans and active military personnel can be found at www.va.gov/opa/vetsday.
Congressman Walden has represented the Second District of Oregon since 1999. He is a Deputy Whip in the House leadership structure and a member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and the Committee on Resources.
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