The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. We used to call it Armistice Day to mark the end of World War I. Today, we call it Veterans Day. It is a time every year when American's gather out of respect to honor those who fought and served.
We honor those who continue to serve, those who are missing, and those who gave their last full measure of devotion for our country.
It is a time honored tradition to remember and pay tribute for their service but also to renew our commitment that the personal sacrifice of our veterans will never be forgotten not just in mind but in deed.
As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, I will continue to fight to protect all the rights and benefits veterans were promised and deserve. Our nation's commitment to veterans does not end on the battlefield. It continues long after they have left the service.
There is so much they were promised but it begins with adequate health care.
Most notably, when it comes to health care it means a new V.A. Medical Center in Omaha that serves thousands and thousands of veterans from throughout Nebraska.
While they've done the best they can to keep it up, it's 57 years old and not only in need of repair but in need of replacement.
I've been working on a bipartisan basis to get a new VA medical center.
President Obama's budget for 2011 includes 56 million dollars for planning and design.
As the VA, itself, says, "this project is to honor those who have served by providing a safe, secure medical center in a right sized building".
I am once again pledging to our veterans to continue working on a bipartisan basis to see this project through to completion.
The need is great especially when we are talking about the treatment of our veterans.
They carried out your duties with honor and distinction.
Now it's time for your fellow Americans to do the same and keep the promises we made from the beginning.
Their contributions cannot be measured and their sacrifice will never be forgotten.