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Nevada Lawmakers Release Statements for Veterans Day

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Several Nevada lawmakers have released statements regarding this year's Veterans Day holiday.

Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement today on Veterans Day.
 
"To over 240,000 in Nevada, and the millions nationwide, Happy Veterans Day. Since 1919, when President Wilson declared the 11th of November as "Armistice Day," our nation has reflected on the service and sacrifices of these great Americans. It takes a certain kind of individual to put their country first, and serve to protect and defend it. Today, we honor those that have.
 
"As more troops return from duty and transition into civilian life, we must stand ready to give them every chance possible to thrive. No veteran should ever find themselves out of work, homeless, or struggling. In recent years, I have used my position as Senate Majority Leader and senior senator from Nevada to ensure veterans have access to the highest quality healthcare that they have earned and deserve, and that they have opportunities to find jobs when they return home. And I am proud to have numerous veterans on my staff here in Washington, and at home in Nevada, to help me serve my constituents.
 
"Recently, I secured nearly $2.5 billion in administrative and operating costs for the VA to help reduce the disability claims backlog in Nevada.  This funding will accelerate the conversion of paper records to electronic records—eliminating the risk of future backlogs like the ones experienced recently—and allow for mandatory overtime to ensure that we can reduce the claims backlog quicker. And I am happy that the VA Regional Office in Reno is now reporting a nearly 58% reduction in the claims backlog in Nevada.
 
"Our brave service members and veterans have sacrificed so much to defend our freedom.  That is why I have fought and will continue to fight to serve those who have served us so well.  On this Veterans Day, I extend heartfelt thanks to veterans everywhere for their significant contributions to our country."

U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) issued the following statement in recognition of Veterans Day today:
 
"Today, Americans join together to honor our country's noble veterans who have made tremendous sacrifices to defend our nation. These men and women are responsible for spreading liberty and freedom throughout the world. I encourage every Nevadan to take a moment today to thank the veterans in their lives and also remember those currently serving in harm's way. No doubt, we all wish them a safe return home.

"As we honor all of these brave men and women today, we also honor those who lost their lives defending the American way of life. Thank you to all who have served, who continue to serve and the families who support these veterans. I am humbled to have the opportunity to advocate on your behalf in the United States Senate, and remain committed to ensuring that our nation's veterans receive the benefits they have earned and deserve," said Senator Dean Heller.

Congressman Mark Amodei (NV-2) issued the following statement for Veterans Day weekend:

On Veterans Day and every day, may we be mindful of the enduring truth that freedom is not free. We owe many brave men, women, and their families an enormous debt. As a country, we should come together in agreement that our military veterans deserve to receive the benefits they were promised and earned.

While I served in the United States Army, Judge Advocate General Corps, I am most proud of my daughter who was in the Navy and is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. I have the utmost respect and admiration for all of our service men and women who have defended our freedom. As we come to terms with the reality of the ongoing fiscal crisis, may we never lose sight of their needs, both in the field and at home.

Governor Brian Sandoval released this statement:

"Veterans Day is a day of honor – allowing us to reflect on and appreciate the memories of the fallen, alongside the many veterans who are still with us today. As Nevadans and as Americans, today we honor the sense of duty that leads a young woman or man to commit to a cause that is bigger than themselves and we honor the sacrifices that undoubtedly follow that selfless service. I urge all Nevadans to take a moment today to pause and reflect on the service and sacrifice of so many." – Governor Brian Sandoval

Today, Representative Steven Horsford (NV-4) released the following statement commemorating Veterans Day:
 
"Today, we are reminded of the service and sacrifice of our veterans and their families. This day belongs to the over 240,000 veterans in Nevada; it belongs to the brave men and women in the armed forces who have dedicated their lives to protect our freedom and way of life.
 
"Year after year, Americans answer the call to serve. It is an honor today to walk with the young men and women from the Centennial High School JROTC program in the largest Veterans Day parade west of the Mississippi. I am also thankful to be able to personally present a flag flown over the Capitol at the ninth annual ‘1,000 Flags over Mesquite' tribute for our veterans.
 
"Our country owes an unending debt of gratitude to our veterans. That is why we honor them today, and why I will continue fighting to ensure that they receive the best care and support our country has to offer."
 

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