“Today, Americans in communities across the country join with their family, friends and neighbors in ceremonies honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. The men and women of the armed forces who have responded to the call of duty are owed an eternal debt by those of us who enjoy the freedom to raise our families, knowing they are protecting us.
“Not only do we owe a debt of gratitude to those who have died in battle, we must recommit ourselves to our veterans when they return from combat overseas. Post traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury are the cause of ailments such as heart disease and the terrible and preventable incidence of suicide among them.
“To the men and women who have given their lives and taken on the burden of our protection, I offer our enduring gratitude. And, I echo the promise of President Obama to our veterans that our service to them does not end when they return from battlegrounds abroad. As the President has said, it is of the greatest importance that we continue to prioritize and invest in the physical and mental health of veterans here at home.”