WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) today released the following statement in advance of Veterans Day to commemorate and highlight the importance of veterans in American society:

“Our nation has been blessed with bright, brave men and women who risked their lives to protect ours. We should strive every day to recognize their noble calling and their incredible sacrifices.

“As our veterans return home from overseas, it is our duty to ensure that our obligations to them and their families are met. Their service often leaves them with scars, both seen and unseen, and our veterans deserve our full and continued support.

“This Veterans Day, I encourage all Mississippians to honor and thank those who served our country.”

A Navy veteran, Cochran serves as the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and its Subcommittee on Defense.