“Veterans Day honors the service and sacrifice of our veterans.  Each November 11th, we commemorate our veterans who have faithfully served our country.  We reflect on the courage and commitment of the brave men and women who protect us and ensure our freedom.  

“Many veterans have chosen to live in the Puget Sound region, and it is my honor to represent them in Congress.  It is Congress’ responsibility to provide access to quality benefits, assistance programs, and medical treatment upon separation from the Armed Forces.  We must focus on ensuring that the brave men and women who serve our country come home to family-wage, quality job opportunities, and receive the care and support they deserve.  As the Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC), I consistently work to ensure that our veterans receive the benefits and treatment they have earned for their years of faithful service.  These benefits are critical for veterans, retirees, and their dependents, as well as those who are considering a career in the military.

“After leaving the military, servicemembers continue to give back to our community.  As first responders, educators, engineers, doctors, and small business owners, veterans positively impact our region when they transition into civilian life.  It is our shared responsibility as Americans to show our veterans our enormous gratitude and respect.”