Veterans Deserve Utmost Respect

By State Rep. Mike Sanders

Recent polling showed that a large majority of Americans do not want to cut services to veterans, even despite the current national deficit. They believe, as I do, that veterans have provided a greater sacrifice and service to our country than we can ever fully repay. We should strive to prioritize programs for our veterans and cut elsewhere whenever there is a need to balance the budget.

President Theodore Roosevelt, a veteran, argued that Americans are naturally drawn to serving their country: “We, too, born to freedom, and believing in freedom, are willing to fight to maintain freedom. We, and all others who believe as deeply as we do, would rather die on our feet than live on our knees.”

Veterans deserve our utmost respect. They have suffered the loss of close friends and endured conditions that place a strain on them and their families. They are individuals of great integrity and courage. We should not only thank them, but also look to them as a model of how we should strive to conduct ourselves.

President Ronald Reagan made a statement about the U.S. Marines that I think applies to all members of the U.S. Armed Services: “Some people live an entire lifetime and wonder if they have ever made a difference in the world, but the Marines don’t have that problem.”

I am proud to live in a country of patriotic citizens that truly value the sacrifices that have been made on their behalf. I am also proud to represent the voices of those veterans who reside in my district. May God Bless those veterans and their families. We owe them a great deal of gratitude.

As always, I would love to hear from you. During the interim I will be traveling the district, but will regularly check the calls I receive at the Capitol office at (405) 557-7407.

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