"Today we mark Veterans Day, a time to reflect on the sacrifices of veterans and their families in the Commonwealth and across our great nation. Ensuring members of our veteran community have access to the best care and benefits, as well as resources to help ease the transition to civilian employment, continues to be a top priority of mine in the Senate.
It’s also important to note that as our global challenges become more unpredictable, we are asking more and more of a select few. For more than 15 months, I have been urging my colleagues in Congress to debate and vote on the war against ISIL. As the conflict continues to grow across the Middle East and North Africa, the least we can do before the cost gets any higher is take a vote to authorize this mission and show those who we have asked to risk their lives that we support them.
Thank you to all of our country’s veterans. I’m proud to be in Leesburg today at the George Marshall International Center sharing my appreciation for their bravery throughout our nation’s history. Our men and women in uniform and their families have selflessly sacrificed to keep us safe, and for that we owe them a debt of gratitude."