from the inbox, a note from Allyson Schwartz:
As you and your family look ahead to the Memorial Day weekend, please think of our service members, veterans, and their families for the enormous sacrifices they have made to defend America’s freedoms. Since September 2001, 93,501 Pennsylvanians have been deployed, and of those, 286 have made the ultimate sacrifice in Afghanistan or Iraq. We must never forget the commitment and courage shown by the brave men and women who have sacrificed so much for America.
It is my hope that everyone takes a moment on Memorial Day to acknowledge the tremendous service of the 5,460 Pennsylvanians currently deployed in our Armed Forces and of the 980,529 veterans that have served from Pennsylvania. As the daughter of a Korean War veteran, I take very personally my responsibility to ensure that our troops receive the respect that their service has earned them. In Congress, I have been a steadfast supporter of our men and women in uniform, ensuring they have the health care, educational, and career opportunities they deserve.
On this Memorial Day, please join me in remembering those who have paid the ultimate price by giving their lives in service to our nation. Our thoughts and prayers are extended to their families as we honor their memory.