BURLINGTON, Vt., Nov. 11 – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) issued the following statement on Veterans Day:
“Vermonters have a long and proud history of military service, participating in every major military conflict in U.S. history, dating back to the Green Mountain Boys’ role in the American Revolution.
“Today, in addition to commemorating Veterans Day, we also recognize the centennial of Armistice Day and the end of World War I, a war in which many Vermonters bravely served and lost their lives. On days like this we are reminded of the sacrifices made by all those women and men who have worn the uniform in defense of our nation. We owe our veterans a tremendous debt of gratitude, which we will never truly be able to repay. While we set aside this day to recognize their service, we must commit ourselves to keep America’s promise to our veterans, just as they kept their promise to us.
“We are fortunate here in Vermont to have such strong support for veterans. From local veterans’ service organizations, to the VA Hospital in White River Junction, to the seven Community Based Outpatient Centers that serve Vermonters, to the two Vet Centers, veterans throughout our state have a place to go when they need care, services or just someone to talk to who understands their unique experiences.
“As a longtime member and former Chair of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, I am honored to work every day to keep that promise to our veterans and their families. Now, more than ever, it is critical that we all work together to preserve, protect and improve the VA. What I hear from veterans all over Vermont is that we must strengthen the VA, not dismantle it. I hear them, and I promise to ensure that these veterans and their families in Vermont and around the country receive every benefit they have earned and deserve.”