Today, Congressman Joe Baca (D-Rialto) introduced legislation in the House of Representatives that honors the historic contributions of American veterans who have served in all conflicts, and calls for greater recognition of the Veterans Day Holiday each year. The Veterans of All U.S. Conflicts resolution also encourages schools to actively educate students on the contributions of veterans, and requests the President to issue a special proclamation on each Veterans Day.
"Veterans Day is not just another day off of school or work," said Rep. Baca. "It is a day of reflection to honor and remember those who have defended our country. I introduced this legislation because I believe we should never forget America's true heroes, and the courage and patriotism they have displayed serving in conflicts throughout our history as a nation. We must reflect on the meaning of Veterans Day, and remember the sacrifices made by so many proud American sons and daughters."
In addition to recognizing the courage, service, sacrifice, and contributions of all American veterans, the resolution also encourages teachers in the classroom to educate our children on the many historic contributions that veterans have made to our society -- both during and after their service in the military.
"As an Army veteran myself, I am all too aware of the hardships our military men and women and their families endure to protect our country," concluded Rep. Baca. "Our veterans deserve to be honored by all Americans. I am proud to author this resolution recognizing the service of American veterans and calling for greater recognition of Veterans Day. I vow to continue to work in Congress to make sure all of America's veterans receive the proper health care, benefits, and respect they rightfully deserve."
Rep. Baca is a veteran who served in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper with both the 101st and the 82nd Airborne Divisions from 1966-68.