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PHOTO GALLERY: A Tribute to our Veterans

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FARGO, N.D. – Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in commemoration of Veterans Day:

"With courage and selflessness, the men and women of the Armed Forces and their families have served our nation and kept us safe through our most trying times, day and night, during every season. Accordingly, we designate a special time to celebrate, remember and honor their sacrifices, which is appropriate. We should, however, remember and honor them not only on Veterans Day, and not only when we are in a time of war, but throughout the years. We owe them an immense debt of gratitude for their brave sacrifices and the freedom we have today because of those sacrifices. We owe them a debt we can never adequately repay, but must always strive to."


Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar issued the following statement for Veterans Day, 2013:

"Today we come together to honor our veterans. We salute the brave men and women who have stood up for this country, and we say a prayer for those who have fallen in its name. We pledge to protect those who have protected us, and we give thanks for their families, whose struggle lies not on the battlefield but right here at home.

"We pay special thanks to the more than 370,000 veterans who call Minnesota home, and as we reflect on their incredible sacrifice, we rededicate ourselves to their cause. Our commitment, like their courage, must never waver. Because while we can never truly repay the debt we owe them, we can honor them with our actions.

"That's why I have fought to make sure our men and women in uniform have the support they need overseas and the resources they deserve when they return--whether it's a home, a job or healthcare. Our troops fight every day to keep this country safe, and they shouldn't have to fight to get what they have earned. That's why this year Congressman Walz and I introduced legislation to help correct errors on medical reports to ensure no veteran is denied their benefits.

"It gave me great pride to see our state's name painted across the beautiful new USS Minnesota earlier this year. The ship, which joined the Navy's fleet in September, is a powerful reminder of our state's long tradition of service—a tradition spanning from the Battle of Gettysburg to today. 

"I join all Minnesotans to honor this tradition and to say thank you to our veterans, our troops and their families. May we never forget their courage and dedication, and may their spirit of selflessness live on in our steadfast commitment to them."

MINNESOTA —Today, U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) made the following statement in honor of Veterans Day. Sen. Franken celebrated Veterans Day by speaking at a community veterans event in New Richland, Minn. and meeting with veterans in Austin, Minn.

"It makes me so proud to come from a state where so many men and woman have made the courageous and selfless decision to serve our country," said Sen. Franken. "Today, I hope every Minnesotan joins me to pause and honor the service and sacrifice of our soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen, as well as their families.

"One of the main reasons I became a Senator was to make sure we as a country make good on our promises to veterans and their families. I will keep working to improve veterans' access to health care in rural areas and to make sure that VA is getting the benefits our veterans have earned into their hands with no delay. And I will continue to encourage employers in Minnesota and around the country to hire veterans."

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