Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-35) released the following statement expressing her gratitude for the service and sacrifice of our veterans, military troops, and their families in honor of Veterans Day:
"Today, our country will pause to reflect and remember the millions of brave men and women in uniform who have answered the call to serve in our nation's military, and who have proudly served and protected our country on the frontlines..
"We must not forget the patriotic sacrifices of those who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan and elsewhere around the world. President Obama kept his commitment to end the war in Iraq in a responsible way and our soldiers who were deployed there have returned home. We are working toward the same goal in Afghanistan with our troops slated to come home in 2014.
"The military pledges to leave no soldier behind on the battlefield, therefore, we shall all pledge to leave no veteran behind upon their return home. We must make sure that our veterans have access to the wide range of services and resources available to help them including health care, disability benefits, housing, higher education and training, and assistance to transition back into society and the civilian workforce.
"Our service men and women risk their lives every day to protect our country and it's our duty as leaders in Washington to ensure that we uphold our promises to our veterans. In the 112th Congress, I introduced the Ensuring Quality Education for Veterans Act, which would protect our student veterans from the predatory practices that some for-profit institutions use to obtain higher profits and to appease investors.
"I also joined my colleagues in introducing the Veterans Mental Health Accessibility Act, legislation that would eliminate a five-year window to seek mental health treatment, allowing veterans who served in combat from all military operations to seek treatment for service related mental illnesses, regardless of when their conditions manifest themselves. And I will continue to work with my colleagues in Congress to uphold our commitment to our veterans.
"Let us dedicate ourselves to providing all of our veterans, service members, and military families around the world who continue to serve our country the necessary support and assistance that they have earned and deserve.