House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith (WA-09) released the following statement in commemoration of Veterans Day:

"In observance of Veterans Day, it is important to remember the sacrifice so many brave men and women have made to protect our country and ensure our freedom.

"As Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee and Congressman from Washington State's 9th District, it is my privilege to represent our service members in Congress.  We owe the men and women who have served our country an enormous amount of gratitude and respect.  As a Member of Congress who represents thousands of active and retired service members, I will continue working to address the needs of our veterans, and for those newly leaving active duty, to ensure they have the support necessary for their transition back to civilian life.

"As a fierce advocate for veterans, I will continue to push for the expansion of job and educational opportunities.  Moving forward, I will also continue to work with the President and all Members of Congress to provide all our men and women in uniform, our veterans, and their families with all the benefits they deserve for their years of faithful service."