Thanking our veterans is not enough

November 11, 2017

Dear Friends,

Today, we celebrate and honor the brave men and women who have risked their lives to defend our country. 

More than 300,000 Oregonians, and nearly 50,000 in Oregon’s third congressional district, have answered the call to service. Our veterans raised their hands, in both peacetime and wartime, to put on the uniform of our Armed Forces and make incredible personal sacrifices for our nation.

A simple “thank you” is nowhere near enough. We owe them, and their families, more than that.

I am fighting in Congress to make sure the U.S. government supports its veterans in every capacity. Whether it’s helping them afford an education, ensuring they get the quality healthcare they deserve, funding programs to eliminate veteran homelessness, or working to curb the astronomical rates of suicide among our veteran population, the federal government must be a better partner to those who served. We still have 20 veterans a day taking their lives. That’s 20 too many.

Our veterans have fulfilled their obligation to us, and now the United States must fulfill its obligation to them. Take a moment today to honor them. Instead of just saying “thank you for your service,” ask a veteran how they’re doing and take time to listen.


Earl Blumenauer
Member of Congress


NOTE: If you are a veteran, or know a veteran who needs help, please call the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 (press 1) or send a text to 838255.