These moving tributes are an awesome reminder of the generations of Americans who answered the calling to serve a cause greater than them so that others could live in the greatest country the world has ever known.
Thousands of men and women, many from Iowa, are today serving all over the world. Many of these brave men and women are stationed in dangerous areas of the world with hostile conditions. Like those who proudly wore the uniform before them, they have left their families, their communities and their jobs to defend our great nation from those who wish to do us harm.
However, honoring our brave men and women in uniform -- past and present -- must not become just a tradition that happens one weekend every May. It is our duty to ensure that our veterans, members of the reserves, National Guard, active duty personnel and their families are given the appreciation they have earned, every day.
Every year, the Iowa Legislature, with broad bipartisan support, passes legislation that benefits veterans and their families. For example, earlier this session the Legislature passed and Governor Branstad signed the "Stolen Valor Act," which makes it a criminal offense to falsely claim that one has received a medal or decoration from the United States Military.
That said, we can and should strive to do more. We must provide them and their families with a state that offers ample job and career opportunities, safe communities and world-class schools. We can accomplish this by doing more to encourage a climate where private sector job creation can flourish while keeping taxes low and reducing the overall cost of government.
There is no question that these men and women who proudly wear the uniform, like those before them, deserve our continued support and respect.
So I hope as you gather this past weekend with friends and family at Memorial Day ceremonies or backyard barbeques, continue to be ever mindful that because of the sacrifices of those who proudly wear our nation's uniform, we can fully enjoy the blessings of life, liberty, freedom, opportunity and prosperity.
There is truly no price that any of us can put on that.
Thank you again for giving me the honor to serve you in the State Senate. I encourage you to contact me with your questions, comments and ideas. I can be reached at (712) 898-2505 or send an email to email@example.com. Please feel free to forward my newsletter on to family and friends. Until next time, have a great week.