11.10.11

Senator Burr's Veterans Day Statement

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Richard Burr today issued the following statement honoring our nation's veterans:

"As North Carolinians, we are proud to claim many of our country's servicemen and women, active and retired, as our own. In addition to serving our country and defending the freedoms we hold so dear, they are our neighbors, friends, parents, children, co-workers, and siblings.

"This Veterans Day, we thank them for their dedication, we commemorate their service, and we remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice. We also send our thoughts and prayers out to those men and women in uniform currently on duty here at home, on watch at sea, on post in countries across the globe and in harm's way.

"Our veterans have endured the pain of being separated from their families and loved ones, the trials of repeated deployments, and the harsh realities of combat. They have done so quietly and professionally for generation after generation. Veterans Day is more than a day to commemorate the service of America's defenders; it also serves as a reminder of all that we owe them as a nation.

"Those who have fought and sacrificed return home forever changed by their experience. Some carry the obvious physical wounds of conflict, while others return home without the same sense of belonging in their communities. As time passes and the memories of past and current wars recede in our minds, we must realize that for the men and women who bore the burden of war on the battlefield, invisible scars and stress of service can often be more difficult to treat than physical wounds. We must remind ourselves that their toughest days of rehabilitation and re-integration may often lie ahead and that it is our duty as citizens to provide these men and women and their families with the respect and compassion they deserve."