Veterans have given and sacrificed immensely to secure the fundamental liberties of our great country and to establish the United States as a global leader. Their unwavering service has sustained democracy and bolstered freedom around the world. We owe them and their families a great debt.
According to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), of the 25 million veterans currently alive, nearly three out of every four served during a war or an official period of hostility. About a quarter of the nation's population, approximately 70 million people, are potentially eligible for VA benefits and services because they are veterans, family members or survivors of veterans.
With such a large population to serve, it is critical that the VA delivers the support that our Veterans need. I also believe that Congress can increase its oversight of the VA healthcare system to ensure that our veterans are receiving the best possible medical care available.
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This Memorial Day Weekend I hope that you will take time to remember the true cost of our freedom. The men featured in this video are all from the 4th Congressional District and are listed by the Department of Defense as being killed in action since the September 11th attacks in 2001. This is the true sacrifice that keeps us free. We can't and we won't forget them or the others who have died serving our country since 1776.