Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) issued the following statement ahead of Memorial Day 2013:
“The heroism of our service members plays a defining role in our history, especially through the last dozen years of war. So many of our sons and daughters have given all. Because of their sacrifice, all the hopes and dreams of a free society are able to live on. As we pause to preserve the fallen in our memories and in our hearts, we must also express gratitude to their families, to whom we owe a debt that cannot be repaid.
“This day of remembrance comes at a time when many thousands veterans have survived war, only to be forgotten at home. We can further honor the fallen by treating those they served beside—our veterans—with the dignity and respect they deserve. I again call on the Department of Veterans Affairs to vastly improve veterans services above and beyond their current standards and goals.”