On Sunday, November 11, bells across Arkansas will ring 11 times at 11 a.m. in commemoration of the end of World War I. Ever since November 11, 1918, we’ve set aside this day to celebrate the men and the women who selflessly served in our nation’s uniform.
Veterans Day is an important time to pay tribute to the men and women of our Armed Forces, who have stood in defense of our nation, our cherished values, and our way of life. As our servicemembers have risked their lives to protect the interests of our nation, so must we honor our commitment to support them.
As a member of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and chairman of the Senate Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee, I continue to fight for improvements to veterans’ benefits and services, and will remain a strong a voice for those who selflessly served our country.
The Arkansas Military Veterans’ Hall of Fame recently celebrated its class of 2018 inductees in Hot Springs. I was honored to join Congressman Bruce Westerman to recognize this distinguished group of men and women who have demonstrated selflessness in uniform and continued service to their communities.
We made great progress this year with landmark legislation President Trump signed into law to improve the Department of Veterans Affairs’ current health care delivery system and provide veterans with more choices while reducing barriers to care. The VA Mission Act streamlines and strengthens VA community care programs to ensure veterans receive efficient, timely and quality care. We’ll be closely monitoring its implementation in the coming year to ensure veterans are getting the treatment and care they earned.
Our Armed Forces are made up of patriots from all corners of our nation who are called to a higher service in defense of our freedoms. I encourage all Americans to use this day as a time to thank our veterans for their courage, commitment and honor. It’s because of their dedication and sacrifice that we are the greatest, freest country in the world.
To all of our veterans, thank you and may God bless you, your families, and the United States of America.
11-9-18 11:19 a.m. kawx.org