NM Congressional Delegation News:
Today, members of the New Mexico Congressional Delegation issued the following statements in honor of Veterans Day:
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:
Today, 100 years since the signing of the armistice ending World War I, we honor the brave men and women from New Mexico and across the United States who have sacrificed to defend our values and protect our freedoms, both at home and abroad.
New Mexicans carry a long and storied tradition of military service. From enduring the brutal Bataan Death March during World War II to braving the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan, our veterans, service members, and their families have proudly answered the call to duty, no matter the personal cost.
We are eternally grateful for their service and forever in debt to their sacrifice. But these heroes deserve more than gratitude and thanks. We must show them the same devotion and dedication they have shown to us, not just through our words on Veterans Day but with our actions every day. That’s why it’s more important than ever that we recommit ourselves to ensuring that all veterans have the resources they need to return to civilian life safely and securely, with stable housing, quality health care, and promising job opportunities and educational training.
President John F. Kennedy once said that a nation reveals itself not only by the people it produces, but by the people it honors and remembers. On this Veterans Day, we honor and remember the best of us – and affirm the values and ideals we hold most dear: service, sacrifice, and courage. Today, and on all days, we pledge to serve our veterans and service members as well as they have served us.
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:
One hundred years ago, on Nov. 11, 1918, soldiers on both sides along the Western Front laid down their arms, ending World War I. Since then, we have taken time to reflect on the service of the men and women who have served the United States in uniform.
I am immensely proud of New Mexico’s rich history of defending our nation—from the Navajo Code Talkers and Bataan Death Marchers to Vietnam GIs and Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. That legacy carries forward to today through the service of the men and women stationed at our military installations around the globe.
We must be unwavering in our commitment to our servicemembers and their families. They deserve not just words of gratitude, but also the best care, benefits, and opportunities our nation can provide when they come home.
Today and every day, I join communities across New Mexico in honoring our veterans for their service, and their courage and devotion to defend the American principles we all hold dear.
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham:
On Veterans Day, we honor the service and bravery of veterans and the sacrifices of military families. One of my top priorities has been to ensure that veterans and their families in New Mexico receive benefits that they deserve and the support they need to find good paying jobs and transition back into civilian life.
Over the past six years, my office has held the VA and New Mexico’s Veterans Affairs Health Care System accountable on issues that endanger the health and welling being of veterans in New Mexico. We have called for a national Government Accountability Office investigation into VA employee misconduct and whistleblower retaliation and continue to push for improvements in procedures, increased staffing, and veteran accessibility to care here in Albuquerque. My Congressional office has worked with hundreds of veterans and their family members to ensure they are receiving the highest quality of care possible.
Thank you to all of our nation’s veterans and their families who have sacrificed so much for our country. We remain committed to serving New Mexico’s veterans. If you or a family member are experiencing trouble filing a claim, receiving benefits, accessing health benefits or military records, replacing medals, or other veterans’ issues, my office is here to help. Please contact my office by calling 505.346.6781.
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján:
Friends, today we observe Veterans Day.
We have so many reasons to express our gratitude to the brave men and women who have served our country.
We have freedom of speech and expression, we have freedom of religion, and we have a democracy that is dictated by the people when they get involved and exercise their right to vote.
And none of these freedoms would be possible if it weren’t for the brave men and women who serve our country in the armed forces.
Our veterans and their families make countless sacrifices for our country and for our freedoms, much of which will often go unnoticed and underappreciated. This Veterans Day let us all take a moment and be thankful for the freedoms we have as Americans, and then thank a veteran, because our country wouldn’t be possible without them.
From the bottom of my heart, to all the veterans out there: thank you. I see your sacrifice, and I am forever thankful and honored for all that you do for our country.
Thank you for all that you do.