Congressman Lamar Smith Statement on Veterans Day
by Lamar Smith on November 11, 2011 at 2:25 PM
Today we honor all the veterans, past and present, who have served our country and defended our nation’s freedoms. America is a stronger country because of the sacrifice our veterans made for us. Veterans Day is also a day to remember those who never returned home. The debt that we owe our brave men and women in uniform can never fully be repaid.
Veterans Day is a reminder of our commitment to them, but more than a symbolic gesture, we need to work to help veterans throughout the year. Recently the House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly in favor of the Veterans Opportunity to Work Act, which I cosponsored, to provide tax incentives to employers who hire veterans.
Last week, the House of Representatives voted to ensure benefit payments to veterans keep track with higher costs of living. In Washington, we are pushing for funding for medical research and to create better access for veterans to health care provided at Fort Sam Houston and other facilities in Texas Hill Country.
Our commitment to our veterans is not something to remember only one day a year, but a commitment which lasts a lifetime. Information on federal benefits for veterans is available here. If my office can ever be of assistance regarding questions or concerns with your veterans’ benefits, please contact my San Antonio office at 210-821-5024.
Thank you for your service.