Today I write to you in recognition of National Military Appreciation Month. This is an opportunity to focus on the bravery and sacrifice of our service men and women, veterans and their families with events and ceremonies that recognize their service in defense of our liberty. Currently, more than 2.2 million service members make up America's all-volunteer force in the active, National Guard and Reserve components -- and over two million troops have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan since September 11, 2011.
It is important for all of us to recognize the tremendous service of military members and families across the globe. Many Inland Empire residents have and will continue to bravely serve and courageously defend America. California is home to over 2.3 million veterans. Our nation must live up to its promise and provide the very best care and benefits. As a veteran, I continue to support measures that take care of our military and their families. That is why I have sponsored several pieces of legislation aimed at aiding our veterans, including H.R. 4371, The Fairness for World War II and Korean War Spouses Act, which assists surviving spouses to ensure they do not live below the poverty line.
As we acknowledge our former, current, and future military men and women, it is essential that we provide the resources necessary to help wounded warriors and their families adjust to life outside of the military. This month, I hope you'll join me in reflecting on the valor and courage that our solemn warriors display in defense of our freedom
JOE BACA, Congressman
43rd Congressional District