WA Newhouse congressman honors veterans



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American flags adorn tombstones to honor members of the United States armed forces.

American flags adorn tombstones to honor members of the United States armed forces.

Herald of the Three Cities

103 years ago, at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, an armistice between the allied nations and Germany came into force and ended “the war to end all wars.”

Now, on this day, we honor the 116,516 American servicemen who lost their lives in that war, and every Veteran who served on behalf of our nation. On Veterans Day and everyday we say thank you.

Washington State is home to over 520,000 veterans, and those of us in Washington’s Fourth Congressional District are proud to have 39,595 of these veterans and their families as neighbors. Our communities are eternally grateful, and we have no doubt that our freedoms have been guaranteed through the sacrifices of these brave men and women. As the Central Washington Veterans Representative to Congress, it is my responsibility to ensure that the federal government lives up to its commitment to provide our military personnel with the respect and care they deserve.

I have had many opportunities to sit down with local veterans and listen to their concerns. Last year, my office helped nearly 100 veterans file claims with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Department of Defense (DOD), helping with the recovery of lost service records, medals of wars won, etc. in combined benefits and paid medical expenses. It is an honor for me to render this small service to those who have sacrificed so much.

Later this month, I will be hosting events specifically for veterans, so that I can directly hear these men and women talk about the issues they may be facing and offer my support in any way I can.

First, on Friday, November 19 at 5:00 p.m. at the Richland Federal Building, I will be hosting a Veterans Listening Session with Special Guest Congressman Mike Bost, Republican Leader of the House of Veterans Committee. Congressman Bost and I will hear first hand from participants about the challenges facing veterans in our region and take what we learn back to the nation’s capital. We will also be joined by VA representatives who can answer questions from veterans present and their families.

In addition, I will be hosting my annual Veterans Services Fair at the Yakima Convention Center on Saturday, November 20 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm The fair will feature organizations offering VA and health benefits support, advice, job opportunities, etc. There will also be a Vietnam Veterans Pinning Ceremony, where I have the privilege of honoring Vietnamese-era veterans with a service pin and a special Congressional Certificate of Recognition.

Thank you to all of the veterans and military families who have sacrificed so much in the name of our nation’s freedom and continue to do so every day. We are eternally indebted to your service.

For more information on upcoming events for veterans, please visit my website at www Newhouse.house.gov/veterans2021. If you or a loved one are a veteran in need of assistance from the Department of Veterans Affairs, please do not hesitate to contact my Yakima office at (509) 452-3243 or the Richland office at (509) 713 -7374.

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