In this great OPED the newspaper lays out what veterans deserve from this nation.
Throughout the history of our nation, brave men and women have answered the call to defend and protect our country. Veterans Day reminds us all of the great sacrifices made by our nation's veterans and their families. This fall, I attended welcome home ceremonies for the New Hampshire Guard's 3643rd Security Force. It was wonderful to see the reunion of the Guard members and their families. That day reminded me how much an entire family sacrifices when a soldier is deployed overseas.
In Congress, we must honor our veterans with action and not just words. How we take care of our veterans and their families is a reflection on the values of our nation. Support for our veterans is not a Republican issue or a Democratic issue; it is an American issue.
In this 110th Congress, we have provided historic increases in veterans' health care and benefits to meet the needs of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. We passed legislation to increase the VA budget with the largest single increase in the history of the Veterans Administration. This past week, we worked hard to provide the largest increase in VA health care in history, which will go to treat 5.8 million patients, including about 263,000 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.
The author of this OPED is Paul Hodes the Congressman from New Hampshire's Second Congressional District
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