The nation's obligation to her defenders is as old as that defense itself.
We, the people of the United States, we are a great Nation with a great vision.
America's veterans embody the ideals upon which America was founded more than 229 years ago.
More than 48 million men and women have served America well and faithfully in military uniform.
Since the Revolution, eight generations of America's veterans have established an unbroken commitment to freedom.
In fact, it is often times a detriment for the Government to preemptively legislate on an issue before we can either define it or grasp its impact.
Twenty-five million veterans are living among us today. These men and women selflessly set aside their civilian lives to put on the uniform and serve us.
Men and women whose early youth was shaped in the ordeal of the Great Depression showed the values formed in that crucible when tyranny threatened a world.
Our nation has kept faith with its veterans. Funding for veterans healthcare and benefits is strong, and has increased more than 75 percent in the last decade.
From a generation that came of age during the Great Depression, millions of our country's best and bravest took up arms in a worldwide struggle against tyranny.