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Congressman Tom Cole

Representing the 4th District of Oklahoma

Showing Appreciation for our Military

May 11, 2015
Weekly Columns

Tried and true devotion to the United States is never more evident than through the lives of our military service members, veterans and their families. Since our nation’s beginnings, countless men and women have selflessly answered the call of duty and in so doing pledged to relentlessly defend liberty and protect our homeland. These brave individuals truly understand the meaning of patriotism and know more of sacrifice than many of us will realize in a lifetime. 

Because of the bravery, courage and commitment of our military, we are privileged to wake up each and every day feeling safe. But too often, we forget that this sense of security doesn’t come without a price. That sacrifice extends beyond those serving in combat. 

When service members are deployed overseas or gone for long stints for training, that means time away from their spouses, children or other loved ones. During this absence, those left at home desperately need the support and love of their friends and neighbors. But that support system is especially critical when service members return home from war forever changed or don’t return at all. 

During Military Appreciation Month throughout May, we remember the sacrifices of our military and their families. We acknowledge those currently serving, honor all those who have served and we remain committed to providing them with the best resources.   

This week in the U.S. House of Representatives, lawmakers will consider the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which authorizes funding for our nation’s military personnel, readiness and operations. With the passage of NDAA each year, our military remains robust and equipped with the best resources. I am pleased that consideration will begin on the House floor this week.     

Certainly, it is because of those who are ready and willing to serve and sacrifice for the common good that we continue to be the greatest nation on earth. That status is maintained because of those who volunteered to protect our nation and the families who stand beside them. Their daily and lifelong sacrifice must not be in vain.