On November 10, 2017, we will observe Veteran's Day. In honor of this national holiday, I want to take a moment to thank America's military veterans.
There are roughly 21.8 million veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces as of 2014, approximately 10 percent of whom are women. That's about one in every 14 living Americans.
I have been fortunate. I have no close family members who died in combat, but I have uncles who served. Some fought in World War II, some in the Korean Era, and some in Vietnam. I am young enough that I was never eligible for the draft. But I still remember growing up and hearing reports from Vietnam on the radio every morning. They listed the numbers of enemy killed and the number of U.S. personnel killed, injured and missing in action every day.
We are blessed to live in this great country. We enjoy a marvelous quality of life. It's easy to take for granted, but a moment's reflection on the freedom, equality and peace we enjoy every day illustrates our blessings.
I believe that one important reason this country is so wonderful is that so many Americans over so many years have served in our Armed Forces. Thank you to American veterans.
And thanks, too, to all the families of veterans. For every warrior, there is a family at home that pays a price and makes an enormous sacrifice in the service of freedom.
Thank you to all our military families.
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