U.S. Senator Kay R. Hagan (NC), Chair of the Senate Armed Services Emerging Threats Subcommittee, released the following statement in advance of Armed Forces Day on May 19:
"Today we honor the men and women of our armed forces who are serving our country with courage and dedication even in the most perilous circumstances. More than 16,000 North Carolinians are currently serving overseas, and we owe these men and women a debt of gratitude for their unwavering commitment to keeping us safe not just today, but every day of the year.
"I also want to thank the spouses and families behind our service men and women who provide the strength and support our warriors need to complete each mission. As a member of the Armed Services Committee, I will continue working to ensure our military and their families have the resources and support they need and deserve."
Senator Hagan comes from a proud military family. Her father-in-law was a two-star Marine General; her brother and father both served in the Navy; her husband, Chip, is a Vietnam veteran; and she has two nephews on active duty.