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Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke’s Statement Honoring Veterans Day

In honor of all of our veterans who have defended our nation, Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke (NY-11) released the following statement:

“Today, our nation pauses to reflect, celebrate and appreciate the sacrifices of the brave men and women who served and protected our country both abroad and at home. I am humbled by the opportunity to commemorate this day, honoring those who defended our nation,” stated Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke. “Their contributions will never be forgotten.”

“On this Veterans Day, the honor, respect and prayers of the entire country rest with those who sacrificed life and limb to protect our nation and national interests. We especially acknowledge those veterans who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. These women and men of our armed forces continue to make sacrifices each and every day,” said Rep. Clarke. “We must never forget the sacrifice, nor must we forget the price they pay to protect our nation. Many veterans are suffering from not only the visible wounds of war, but those unseen. This includes post traumatic stress disorder, diseases caused by exposure to Agent Orange, traumatic brain injuries and much more.”

“We must also never forget the families of these veterans. They too sacrifice their families, livelihoods, futures and more to care for our heroes. These families know firsthand the casualties of war and are often left fighting the unseen battles that are fought when our veterans return from the battlefield,” added Congresswoman Clarke.

“Our work in Congress is founded on a solemn promise: just as the military pledges to leave no soldier behind on the battlefield, we will leave no veteran behind when they come home. On Veterans Day, let us honor their deeds, recount their stories, take inspiration from their actions, and hold up their success and service as a true tribute to our nation’s strength. Whatever our opinions may be on war, we must never forget the sacrifices and contributions of the warrior,” concluded Rep. Clarke.