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July 4th brings out the patriot in all of us
By Congressman Don Young



July 02, 2007

This week will mark the 231st anniversary of our Nation's Independence. Our country has been through a lot the past two plus centuries. From the War of 1812 to the Civil War to World Wars I and II; from Vietnam to the Persian Gulf War to our present War on Terrorism, countless Americans have put their lives on the line to fight to keep our country free and independent. Without the brave souls who have made their love of their country a priority, one can only imagine where the United States would be right now.

As home to five major military installations, Alaska has sacrificed many of its finest citizens so the rest of us may maintain our independence and freedom. On this July 4th, let's remember those who have given of themselves and engaged in our fight for independence.

We, in Congress, have been busy these past few months passing legislation that will continue to provide the best we can for our Nation's veterans. I have voted to improve the management of medical care, personnel actions, and quality of life issues for members of the Armed Forces who are receiving medical care in an outpatient status; to improve the outreach activities of the Department of Veterans Affairs; to extend the period of eligibility for health care for combat service in the Persian Gulf War or future hostilities from two years to five years after discharge or release; and to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide certain improvements in the treatment of individuals with traumatic brain injuries, among many other key pieces of legislation that will continue to provide for our Nation's Veterans.

July 4th is a day that brings out the patriot in all of us. We live in a great country where our human rights are protected and we can live without fear of persecution. Let us honor the great Americans and their families who sacrifice much to protect these freedoms every day. From the bottom of my heart, thank you to all service members past, present, and future who protect our Country and its people. God Bless.

Received July 02, 2007 - Published July 02, 2007

About: Don Young is Congressman for all of Alaska.

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