Technically speaking, the tens of thousands of men and women serving in the United States armed forces are not veterans. They are active duty members of our Military Services branches, the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard.
I want the members of each and branch to live to veteran status, but we all know the reality.
Still, Veterans Day is the perfect day to honor the men and women who have lost their lives or are risking their lives defending this country.
We are safer because of them. It really is as simple as that.
A week ago, we learned that there are no safe havens for soldiers abroad or at home. I appreciate the sacrifices they have made and will make and I want this government to do everything possible to ensure that safety measures are maximized so we can avoid another Fort Hood incident and so more soldiers can live long lives after service.