On Memorial Day

I hope you are enjoying a relaxing and reflective Memorial Day.

Our congressional district is the headquarters of the U.S. Military, as well as the final resting place for tens of thousands of men and women who served our country with valor.  Every year, we are reminded of the gift these men and women gave us and of the obligation we incur.

This Memorial Day, I think not just of them but also of the 22 million veterans who live on back home with us.

For me, as for many of you, this holiday is a personal one.  My dad, who turned 90 in January, served in Korea and then was part of the United Nations peacekeeping force in Trieste (where I was born). Megan’s dad, who turned 90 just last week, fought in the Battle of the Bulge and was awarded two Purple Hearts.  It is extraordinary what their generation gave us.

We owe these dads and every veteran the best possible care.  And when there are problems with that care, we should move in good faith – and without unnecessary partisan rancor – to remedy the situation.

With your help and your vote on June 10th, this is one of the issues I hope to work on as your member of Congress from the 8th District.