This Veterans Day, I hope you will join me in taking a moment to thank the veterans in our community who have dedicated their lives to service to our great nation. As global conflict persists, it is imperative that we continue to recognize the hard work and sacrifices made by servicemembers, veterans, and their families so we can live in freedom. Today as we enjoy peace and liberty in America, service members stand ready to deploy at a moment’s notice. Tens of thousands are already deployed overseas across the world. These are the individuals, past and present, that we honor today for their willingness to be the front line of protection for the greatest nation on Earth. Additionally, the honorable service of veterans does not come without the sacrifice and service of the family that stands behind them. Today we give thanks for the continual love, support, and encouragement they provide to their veteran family members, that is so crucial to our nation’s military readiness and support when they return home.
Arkansas’ Fourth Congressional District is blessed to be home to many veterans - including U.S. Army Specialist Charlie Simpson Jr. Specialist Simpson was drafted into the United States Army in 1968 and served in Vietnam. In 1969, he was wounded in combat, losing both of his legs. He was awarded a Purple Heart and received an honorable discharge. Specialist Simpson returned home and created a prosperous life for his family, including his wife, Brenda, and their five children, where he worked for decades to make broad impacts on the people of Malvern and all Arkansans. We often speak of the bravery of men and women in uniform, and rightfully so. On Veterans Day, along with our thanks and recognition, we also celebrate the good work and significant contributions these service members have made to their communities.