As we go about our daily lives, distractions constantly demand our attention. Between family obligations, tough economic times and tragic headlines, it is easy for us to miss out on some very important moments. This Friday, November 11th is Veterans Day. I think it is fitting that we pause, set those distractions aside, and take time to recognize our nation's veterans and their ongoing sacrifice. These true patriots have selflessly carried the burden of our battles, and, in most cases, have served their communities long after taking off their uniform. It is important that we come together to act on their behalf and secure to them the blessings of liberty that they have so valiantly defended.
During my time as a U.S. Representative, I have had the pleasure of working with our military branches and the Department of Veterans Affairs on countless occasions. I am encouraged by the dedication that these organizations' leaders bring to the fight to end veteran homelessness, protect the rights of our current service members, and continually improve their healthcare and benefits. Equally important are the many veteran service organizations in our community, who prove by their actions that they are committed to thanking and caring for our heroes. These service organizations also deserve recognition on this special day.
While appropriate to remember our veterans and their service on November 11th, we should also strive to honor their sacrifices throughout the entire year. I have had the unique opportunity over the years to employ a number of veterans on my staff, to work with local advocacy groups and to stand side-by-side with local and state agencies that provide direct access to help for our prior service members. These experiences remind me of why I am so blessed to represent Americans in and out of uniform. Over the last year alone, our community has helped hundreds of veterans with benefits applications, medical care, getting copies of the military records, and recognizing their service through personal awards. These actions say a fitting "Thank you."
Central Ohio is a unique community. We have the honor of being home to hundreds of thousands of veterans. They have exemplified to us the importance of service, sacrifice, and solidarity. Each day we can look throughout our communities and see the impact of their dedication to us as we worship freely, exercise our right to vote, and pursue our aspirations in business. I ask that today you take a moment to thank a veteran, but also to consider showing your thanks through action by volunteering with a veteran service organization. Our men and women in uniform are truly the finest military force in the world, and they deserve as much commitment from us as they have already given. I would like to take this opportunity to say "thank you" to our veterans and wish you a happy Veterans Day!