November 11, 2012

Manchin: Honor Our Veterans All Year Long

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today released the following statement on Veterans Day:

“The men and women of our country go to war with a noble pride, a raw courage, and a firm conviction that the power of America’s values is at least as great as the power of America’s weapons. It has been that way for every generation of Americans that has been willing to step into the line of fire for their fellow countrymen for the last 237 years, from Concord to Calais to Khe Sanh to Kabul.

“But rarely is it easy for these heroes to come home from war – even in victory, as they always do. For the warrior, the journey home is long and, for too many, never completely over. Fortunately, America has long been committed to their care. And as a member of the United States Senate and co-founder of the Congressional Veterans Jobs Caucus, representing a great state that is home to 167,200 veterans, I will work every day to make sure we keep that commitment to our veterans – and not just with words, but with actions.

“As John F. Kennedy reminded us, in expressing our gratitude to our veterans, ‘we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.’ 

“So today, as West Virginians and Americans across our great nation celebrate Veterans Day, I encourage us all to thank a veteran and honor our veterans not just today, but every day.”