Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) today issued the following Veterans Day tribute:
"I've always thought it a fitting coincidence that Veterans Day falls just before the season of Thanksgiving. Americans owe a profound debt of gratitude to our veterans, particularly our wounded warriors and those who made the ultimate sacrifice. They have risked and given all to preserve the work of our founders and the blessings handed down to us. Our freedom is their legacy.
"Today, there are more than 900,000 veterans living in Ohio and 22 million around the country. These numbers, of course, don't account for all the parents and families who make unfathomable sacrifices of their own. They too deserve our heartfelt gratitude and our prayers.
"The men and women who wear the uniform of our Armed Forces deserve our full support when they serve and after they come home, especially now in the middle of a tough economy. Congress has passed bipartisan legislation that provides training and assistance to unemployed veterans, and breaks down barriers preventing them from finding work.
"America is facing big challenges, but our veterans remind us of the courage and perseverance that set Americans apart. Every day when I go into work at the Capitol, I walk by a statue of Ulysses S. Grant, a great Ohioan. I think of the story of the Battle of the Wilderness, which marked the beginning of a critical Union offensive. Despite heavy casualties, General Grant refused to retreat and had a journalist tell President Lincoln: "whatever happens, there will be no turning back.' Thanks in large part to our veterans, America has never turned back. May this Veterans Day strengthen our resolve to press forward, for a strong, prosperous America remains the "last best hope of Earth.'"