by Jon C. Porter, Third District Congressman
Memorial Day celebrations in Boulder City are a time to show gratitude to our community’s veterans and reflect on their sacrifices. One of the most moving displays of their sacrifice is at the Boulder City Veterans Ceremony where my father, a World War II veteran, was laid to rest. The field of flags on Memorial Day is always a moving symbol of the sacrifice and courage of our nation’s soldiers. It is a constant reminder that my mission in Congress is to continuously provide only the best for Nevada’s veterans.
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|In May I was proud to announce a $1.8 million grant for the State Veterans Home in Boulder City. Since my days on the city council we have made this facility a priority. Southern Nevada has some of the finest VA facilities and services in the nation and we are continuously looking for ways to improve the network of hospitals, clinics, cemeteries and retirement homes. The $1.8 million honors a long-standing commitment we have made in Nevada to care for all of those who have proudly served in uniform.
In addition, I am proud to support a GI bill for the 21st century. Taking care of our troops through a new and expanded GI bill is a cost of the war little different from maintaining our troops in the field. This legislation differs from existing federal entitlements in several respects: providing a college education will add value to our economy and expand our middle class at a time when both objectives should be high priorities of the federal government. In fact, for every tax dollar spent on the World War II GI bill, our country received $7 in tax remittances from veterans whose careers benefited from enhanced education. And unlike other entitlement programs, the GI bill is not a transfer payment from working families to retirees. It is past due to provide our brave men and women in uniform with the same opportunities and benefits we offered prior generations. The benefits in this legislation are crucial to a service member’s readjustment to civilian life and greatly enhance their prospects for future success.
My efforts in Congress will benefit your friends and neighbors in Boulder City who all know someone who has served our nation. From the cemetery to the veterans’ home we should be proud of our community.
Contact U.S. Congressman Jon Porter at www.house.gov/porter.
P.O. Box 61901
Boulder City, Nevada 89006
Phone (702) 294-1392 Fax (702) 294-1392
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