|Updated: 11/11/2013 10:19 am
||Published: 11/11/2013 10:19 am
U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), released the following statement today in recognition of Veterans Day:
“Veterans Day is a time devoted to paying our respects to the men and women who have worn the uniform and sacrificed to make our nation great. Because of our veterans’ service and commitment for over a century, the United States has become a shining beacon for liberty and democracy across the globe. Establishing these values, preserving and also leading in them, have come at a great cost. Families have sent away loved ones knowing the risks that they might not return, while others have offered their talents in factories and at installations ensuring our military has the finest resources available. Because of their dedication then and today, the American dream of ‘life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness’ is still alive.
"I am honored that more than 37,000 military families reside in the great state of Oklahoma, and roughly 340,000 veterans call our state home, attend our churches, and contribute to our communities. On behalf of Oklahoma, we are humbled by the immeasurable dedication of each and every one of them. As Ranking Member of Senate Armed Services Committee, I am strongly committed to our veterans and their families. As we all know, freedom isn’t free. Many of our veterans have paid the price with scars, some visible while yet many go unseen such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression and traumatic brain injuries (TBI). It is our nation’s duty to care for them in return. I am proud to work on issues that are critically important to our heroic veterans such as ensuring access to the benefits and resources they have earned, improving health care for our wounded warriors and their families, and maintaining the strong national security they have helped to build. May God bless our veterans and may God continue to bless our great nation.”