November 11, 2009


This Veterans Day is an especially painful reminder of the immeasurable sacrifices American military men and women make every day to protect our nation. Even as tens of thousands of U.S. troops remain in Iraq and thousands more are poised to join their comrades in Afghanistan, Americans are still grieving over the tragedy at Fort Hood.

On this day, we remember that the liberty we enjoy was earned by generations past and present of soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines. Now defended by an all-volunteer force which selflessly answered the call of service, Americans are immensely fortunate and forever indebted to our military men and women.

They honor us all every day. On Veterans Day and every other, we should honor their sacrifices, remember the fallen, help the wounded and comfort their families.

The Defense Department has a helpful directory of groups and charities which provide services and support to our veterans, troops and military families. For information on how you can help support the victims of the Fort Hood tragedy, visit the BBB listings for the Fort Hood Chaplain's Fund, the local Red Cross, USO Fort Hood, Fort Hood Fisher House and other charities serving Fort Hood and the Killeen, Texas community.

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