Dear Friend,

Memorial Day is a time when Americans pay tribute, honor and remember those who have served our country bravely and sacrificed their lives in the name of freedom and democracy. Across the country we will honor our fallen heroes over the coming days at picnics, county fairs and town parades.

We not only memorialize those gone but we give thanks to the more than 20 million American veterans alive today. These brave service men and women have made significant sacrifices and we have an obligation to honor them by "keeping the promise" to those who have worn the uniform.

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To this end, the House of Representatives approved unanimously a series of bills
recently aimed at better serving our Nation’s veterans. These bipartisan measures represent another step in our on-going effort to address the problems at the VA, improve vet-related services, increase access to job-training and encourage small businesses to hire more veterans.

From last year’s enactment of the Veterans' Access to Care Through Choice, Accountability, & Transparency Act to the more recent enactment of the Hire More Heroes Act and the Clay Hunt SAV Act, Congress has worked in a bipartisan capacity to make real differences in the lives of our Nation’s heroes.

While there is always more to be done—especially reforms to bring the VA into the 21st century—these actions collectively will help increase accountability at the Veterans Administration and help create more economic opportunities for our veterans.

On behalf of my wife Heidi and me, we'd like to wish everyone a safe and happy Memorial Day.


Leonard Lance
Member of Congress