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Honoring our Veterans

June 15, 2012

In recent weeks, I have had the great privilege of meeting with various veterans groups throughout South Dakota. Whether I’m speaking to the Disabled American Veterans, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, or others, representing veterans is a highlight of my job as an elected official and a continual reminder of the sacrifices made for our country’s freedom.

My dad is a decorated World War II Navy pilot, which has given me first-hand knowledge of the sacrifices made by our nation’s veterans. Our country's veterans represent America’s finest—true patriots who placed honor above personal gain. They deserve nothing less than our respect, gratitude, and the best in care and benefits.

As a member of the U.S. Senate, I am committed to ensuring that our veterans receive the resources they deserve for the tremendous sacrifices they have made for our country. Though we face tight budgetary constraints, veterans' programs must be a top priority.

Our military heroes risked it all so that we may enjoy freedom and liberty today and we owe them nothing less than the best. I encourage all South Dakotans to take time out of their schedules to offer assistance to our state’s veterans, or even just pay a veteran a visit. We will never be able to repay our debt of gratitude to our veterans for their sacrifices, but we can take action to improve the lives of our heroes.