My father was a veteran of the Second World War. He served in the 101st Airborne at the Battle of the Bulge. All of the challenges we face as a nation pale in comparison to what my father and his generation faced when they defended the world against hatred and tyranny. He carried the values of selflessness and service that he learned in the army into his life as a civilian and passed them on to his family. My father always challenged me and my brothers to volunteer, to serve and to work every day, and to leave the world better than the one we were given. He continues to be my inspiration for my public service to this day.
Veterans contribute to this nation in every walk of life. Here at GSA, we are fortunate to have many of these courageous women and men as a valuable part of our organization. Their knowledge and experience enhances our entire agency. As we prepare to celebrate the heroism of our veterans, I ask that you take a moment to remember that their contributions to our Nation and our communities continue long after they have left the front lines.
I cannot thank our veterans enough for their contributions to our country and for their continuing commitment to public service. I hope that all of you have a great Veterans Day.