Reid Statement on Armed Forces Day
May 15, 2009
Washington, D.C. — On Saturday, May 16, we honor the men and women of our nation’s Armed Forces. Nevada is home to more than 800 currently deployed service members representing Nellis Air Force Base, Creech Air Force Base, Naval Air Station Fallon, Hawthorne Army Depot, and the Nevada Army and Air National Guard.
Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement in recognition of Nevada’s Armed Forces:
“Here in Nevada, we have a rich tradition of military service that continues to this day. In addition to our active-duty service members, we currently have guardsmen and women deployed from across the state – from units based out of Las Vegas, Reno, Carson City, Henderson and Yerington.
“Nevada’s service members and their families have earned our respect and our gratitude. Our fighting men and women and their families know the risks and sacrifices of their service. Their work is often difficult and lonely, far away from family and sometimes life-threatening.
“I want to assure these brave Nevadans that I will never stop fighting for those who fight for us. I will continue to work on their behalf, providing them with the tools they need to be successful on the battlefield, adequate time with their families between deployments, and the quality health care they deserve for their service.
“Honoring our commitment to our nation’s servicemen and women doesn’t end when they return from the battlefield or leave the military. We have a responsibility to help them transition back to civilian life and enjoy the freedoms they fought to protect. It was with that in mind that I co-sponsored the 21st Century G.I. Bill, legislation that will help with that transition while making it easier for veterans to afford an education. I have also worked hard to end the practice of concurrent receipt, provide funding for a new Veteran’s hospital in Las Vegas, expand Combat-Related Special Compensation, and provide funding for improved diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation for those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
“I join all Nevadans in saying thank you for your service.”
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