November 11, 2013

Dear Friends,

This Monday, November 11 marks Veterans Day, commemorating both the anniversary of the end of World War I and the courageous men and women who dedicate their lives to keeping us safe every day.

Our veterans have earned the thanks of a grateful nation for their service, and I will continue to fight to ensure our servicemembers receive the benefits they deserve. During my time in Congress, I have been a strong advocate for veterans, making sure that our veterans hospitals are adequately funded so that every returning veteran receives the care they so greatly deserve.

As always, if you or a family member need assistance with veterans benefits or any other issue, please contact my office.

This Veterans Day, I will be attending the Agawam Veterans Day Ceremony at the Massachusetts Veterans' Memorial Cemetery. The event begins at 1pm at 1390 Main Street in Agawam. I invite you to join me there. The Department of Veterans Affairs has created this resource to help you find a 2013 Veterans Day ceremony nearby.

There are also a variety of ways to support veterans on Veterans Day or at any time of the year. These include:
  • Volunteer to help a veteran. Put your unique talents to work by volunteering through the Veterans Administration (VA). The VA Voluntary Service Office can provide you information on how to help local veterans in our area.

  • Give to soldiers currently serving. Organize friends and family to send care packages and letters to Americans serving here and abroad.

  • Display the American flag. Show your national pride and display our nation’s flag in front of your home. To find proper ways to display the flag, click here. To order an American flag that has flown over the United States Capitol, please contact my office.

  • Help a vet find a job. First Lady Michelle Obama's initiative, Joining Forces, connects our servicemen and women, veterans, and military spouses with the resources they need to find jobs at home.
I want to personally extend my deepest thanks to all those who have served or are currently serving in the Armed Forces. Your service in protecting this country and our freedom is a debt we may never be able to fully repay.


Richard Neal
U.S. Congressman

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