on Veterans Day
D.C. -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi today released the
following statement in honor of Veterans Day:
Day is a day to honor and remember the courageous and faithful men
and women who have served our country in uniform. No group of Americans
has stood stronger and braver for our nation than our veterans.
From the bitter cold winter at Valley Forge to the boiling hot Iraqi
terrain, our soldiers have courageously answered when called, gone
where ordered, and defended our nation with honor.
battlefields of war, our soldiers pledge to leave no one behind.
As a nation it must be our pledge that, after our soldiers come
home, we will leave no veteran behind. Our veterans served for all
of us. We must be there for all of them.
have proposed a comprehensive package of legislation that keeps
Americas promise to our veterans. Today, veterans health
care is in crisis, with 60,000 veterans waiting up to six months
for an appointment at Veterans Affairs hospitals. Democrats are
fighting to provide an additional $1.8 billion for next year to
improve veterans health care. And we have taken action to
block the Bush Administration's proposal to increase prescription
drug co-payments and enrollment fees.
are leading the charge to end the national disgrace of the disabled
veterans tax, which denies more than 500,000 disabled veterans their
full retirement and disability benefits. Because of Democratic pressure,
the Republicans have put forward a plan, but it leaves far too many
veterans behind. Under the Republican plan, two-thirds of our veterans
still will not receive one penny of compensation for their disabilities.
Democrats will stand for all of our disabled veterans and will continue
to fight for full concurrent receipt, making sure that no soldier
is left behind.
Veterans Day, with tomorrows veterans now serving in Iraq
and Afghanistan, we should renew our national promise to fulfill
our sacred obligations to those who have worn this nations
uniform. Our veterans and their families ask for nothing more. They
deserve nothing less."