WILMINGTON — Congressman John Carney issued the following statement today in recognition of Veterans Day: 

“On Veterans Day, we remember and honor all the members of the armed forces whose service and sacrifice protect the freedom and liberty that we have today.

It has been said that a veteran is someone, who at one point in their life, wrote a blank check payable to the United States of America for an amount up to, and including, their life.  It is our nation’s solemn obligation, when Americans write that blank check, that we support them while serving and ensure that their needs are met when they come home.  

I am reminded of this responsibility nearly every day in Washington when I am greeted at the floor of the House of Representatives by veterans in wheelchairs.  I am reminded of it when I visit Delaware’s Veterans’ Home or the VA Medical Center in Elsmere.  And I am reminded of it when I receive a call from the Department of Defense notifying me that a Delawarean has been wounded in battle.

It is inspiring to me to meet so many brave men and women who have faced such tremendous challenges, and yet maintain their positive attitude and commitment to service.  They are a strong reminder of the cost of freedom and the uneven burden that veterans and their families bear.

I am incredibly thankful for the service and sacrifice of our veterans.  Their example is an inspiration to me as I try everyday to put my country ahead of myself as I represent Delaware in the U.S. House of Representatives.”