Perez: Honor the fallen by helping veterans

Perez: Honor the fallen by helping veterans
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Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Tom Perez said in his Memorial Day message that “remembrance is not enough” for repaying U.S. military veterans.

“We must honor the sacrifices of the fallen by working to ensure that every living veteran receives the best possible care from the country they served,” he said in a statement Monday.

“Those who answer our nation’s call to service represent the absolute best of America,” Perez added.


“Each and every day, our service members carry out their missions with the highest level of courage and commitment. They risk their lives to defend us. And when they come home, it is our duty to defend them.”

Perez, who served as former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaTop nuclear policy appointee removed from Pentagon post: report Prosecutors face legal challenges over obstruction charge in Capitol riot cases Biden makes early gains eroding Trump's environmental legacy MORE’s Labor secretary, added that American should embody the same principles as the nation's veterans.

“Let us continue to be inspired by their courage and recommit ourselves to the values they died protecting: freedom, equality, justice, and opportunity for all.”

Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) said during an interview on CNN last Friday that he is working to recruit more veterans into running for office as they put “country first over politics.”

The Iraq War veteran told Politico last month that 22 fellow veterans have committed to launching 2018 House campaigns or are seriously discussing the possibility with Democrats.

“I don’t think you have to be a veteran to run for office, but when you’re looking for a group of people who might be able to rise above the bitter partisan gridlock, veterans are a good place to look,” he said.

“[President] Donald TrumpDonald TrumpJulian Castro knocks Biden administration over refugee policy Overnight Energy & Environment — League of Conservation Voters — Climate summit chief says US needs to 'show progress' on environment Five takeaways from Arizona's audit results MORE’s policies are terrible for our national security – what group of people better to point that out than a group of Democratic veterans?”