WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, former Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve and the son of a World War II veteran, today released the following statement in recognition of Veterans Day:
“From the Revolutionary War to modern day conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, generations of Michigan veterans have served our country with honor and distinction. On Veterans Day, we pay tribute to the service of America’s soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines who answered the call to defend our nation and our way of life, especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice.”
“Today, as we reflect on their service and steadfast dedication, we must continue striving to fulfill the promises made to the courageous servicemembers – and their families – by supporting their transition to civilian life through access to quality health care, higher education, meaningful professional opportunities and a dignified burial.”
Peters has made veterans’ issues one of his top priorities in the Senate. This week, Peters announced bipartisan legislation with Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) to expand federal infrastructure contracting opportunities for service connected disabled veterans. He has also introduced a bipartisan bill with Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) to increase funeral benefits for eligible veterans. In 2016, President Obama signed into law bipartisan Peters’ bipartisan provisions to help veterans who have been diagnosed with PTSD, TBI and other service-related conditions to upgrade their discharge status.