The United States military is the most powerful force for good in the world, Colorado’s troops and facilities are a big reason why. All of Colorado’s military installations, including Fort Carson, the Air Force Academy, and Buckley, Peterson, and Schriever Air Force Bases, are on the cutting edge of military readiness and protecting our national security.

Since the founding of our nation, we have relied on the strength of the men and women who have served as courageous Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen. These millions of volunteers have answered the call of duty so that we may live in freedom.

We must honor their courage, dedication, and sacrifice by providing the resources necessary to take care of our veterans who return home from battle.

Colorado is home to over 400,000 veterans, and one of the most important missions of our federal government is to provide for those who served our country in uniform.  We must uphold our commitments to our veterans and ensure they receive the care they need and deserve.

Our veterans can’t wait for bureaucrats; they need innovative bold solutions that will fundamentally improve the quality of their lives, the lives of their children and positively impact communities across America. This kind of inventive disruption of norms requires government to partner with the private and nonprofit sectors to provide veterans and their families the level of care they deserve.

We will never know all of their names, though many will be etched in stone memorializing their sacrifice to secure our freedom and liberty. But for those brave soldiers who return home to us broken or wounded, we must not forget the promises made to them. America will leave no soldier behind; especially not at the time they leave the battlefield and enter a hospital or a doctor’s office.

To every veteran, their spouse, child and Gold Star family… Thank you for your service and sacrifice; our freedom has and always will depend on it.