Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09) made the following statement in observance of Veterans Day:

“Today we honor the brave men and women who have served in defense of our country and its values and ideals. Over the course of history, millions of brave Americans have served as the shield of America’s freedom at home and as a beacon of hope abroad. They have served selflessly to protect the promise of America and the citizens who embrace her. Through the valor and strength of our veterans and our current servicemembers, America has repeatedly stood firm in the face of tyranny and terror. For this service we are forever grateful and indebted.”

“As someone who is privileged to represent thousands of military personnel, veterans, and their families in the Puget Sound Region, it is an honor to ensure they receive the benefits and support they deserve. I will continue to work with and listen to our veterans to ensure their needs are being met. I will be meeting with local representatives to get their ideas on how to improve housing for our veterans and visiting injured soldiers to ensure their healthcare is adequate. Next month, I am hosting a Town Hall meeting that will bring veterans together with local and federal service providers to ensure their needs are being met and answer any question they may have. Over the last few years we have made historic budget increases for veteran services, and in the 111th Congress I will continue to work in a bipartisan way to expand services for our veterans.”

“America boasts the best-trained, most professional troops in the world.  They and their families make enormous sacrifices on our behalf, and they have earned our support and gratitude. This Veterans Day, let us remember their courage, their sacrifices, and our commitments to them.”