Washington, D.C.—Senator Harry Reid of Nevada released the following statement to commemorate Veterans Day.
“As we honor the sacrifices of America’s veterans, we reflect on those who have put their lives on the line to protect our great nation. And as the wars continue in Iraq and Afghanistan, we also pause to honor those who are currently serving.
“In addition to being a day of reflection, Veterans’ Day reminds us of the promises that have been made to those who serve. Unfortunately, not all those promises have been kept. This week a study was released indicating that a quarter of homeless people in the United States are veterans. Thousands of them live in Nevada, which has the fifth highest rate of homeless veterans. That is unacceptable.
“Our commitment to our troops must continue even after they come home. As the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have stretched our VA increasingly thin, Democrats have led the fight to ensure our veterans receive the care they deserve and to ensure they do not fall through the cracks when they need care the most. That is why Democrats are working to provide the largest increase in funding for our veterans in history, including improving conditions at veterans’ military facilities like Walter Reed, safeguarding veterans’ personal data, supporting employment and training programs so veterans can find good-paying jobs, and funding research for illnesses like Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury.”
“On this special day, let us honor America’s heroes who have served Nevada and the nation proudly. We owe them many thanks for their valor and service.”