'Invest in veterans; Invest in our future '

A Veterans Day message from Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton) and his son former Air Force officer Michael McNerney

This Veterans Day, people all over the nation will be celebrating the courage and sacrifice of the men and women who have bravely served our country in uniform. Veterans are our true heroes and we must never forget the men and women who fought in Vietnam, Korea, and the World Wars. Our nation is also now welcoming home a new generation of veterans who have served at home and on the battlefields of the War on Terrorism.

We can and must do more for all our veterans who have made such great sacrifices for our country. However, we are making strides in the right direction by enhancing care and benefits for veterans. Right now, Congress is working to improve treatment for those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and expand opportunities for veteran-owned small businesses.

Additionally, our nation made a tremendous investment in our future by enacting a new and expanded G.I. Bill. This new law, which went into effect on August 1st of this year, will help thousands of veterans gain greater access to higher education.

Changes like these are making it easier for our veterans to rejoin civilian society – and many veterans are taking advantage of these new opportunities. Most will succeed because they already know how to perform under the harshest conditions. They focus on results and adapt quickly to overcome new challenges.

Many veterans of the War on Terrorism volunteered after 9/11 specifically to defend our country. After serving in the military, these young leaders have returned home both disciplined and motivated. A good number are pursuing their education, with many obtaining advanced degrees in law, business, and government. The lessons of Iraq and Afghanistan have shown these veterans that a true leader must be both a scholar and a warrior.

Yet providing educational benefits to new veterans is not only a matter of honoring their service. It's a method for creating a new generation of leaders who can serve our country off the battlefield. Armed with an education and a desire to continue serving our country, young veterans of the War on Terrorism are now taking places of leadership in the public and private sectors and throughout our communities.

As time goes on, these veterans will leave an indelible mark on our nation as business leaders, teachers, elected officials, and much more. Their military experience, and the support our nation and our community provides when they return home is helping to make this possible.

It's a good thing too. The world is changing rapidly and the challenges facing our country will surely mount. It will take exceptional men and women to lead us through the wars and economic challenges we will face over the next century. Fortunately, we can rely on a new generation of veterans who are equal to the task.

Providing our veterans with the support they need today is one of the best investments we can make for the future of our nation.

(Congressman Jerry McNerney represents California's 11th Congressional District and sits on the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Michael McNerney is an Air Force veteran and Truman Security Fellow.)

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Posted by Mark G.
a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Nov 10, 2009 at 6:08 pm

Keep up the great work Congressman McNerney. As a veteran, I appreciate the effort you’ve put forth on behalf of our men and women in the military.

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Posted by !
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 10, 2009 at 8:42 pm

Yes, God Bless our Vets. But give me a break...what politician-- except for Obama -- would not be in support of our Vets? Did you forget that Obama was the first US President since 1953 to attend the Vet Heros' Ball soon after he was elected?

Read on if you've forgotten... Web Link

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Posted by !
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 10, 2009 at 8:47 pm

Oops...correction to last post. I meant Obama was first President since 1953 to SKIP the Vet Heros Ball.

Read on if you have forgotten... Web Link

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Nov 10, 2009 at 9:10 pm

I voted for President Obama and I'm just delighted that I did!

I stilll feel sorry for bushy who was so willing to let the soldiers be electrocuted while they showered...sad

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Posted by free
a resident of Happy Valley
on Nov 11, 2009 at 7:21 am

Happy veterans day! Go to and you vets can eat for free! GOD bless you all!

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Posted by Robert
a resident of Foothill Knolls
on Nov 11, 2009 at 8:12 am

Thanks for looking out for our vets Congressman. God bless the USA.

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Posted by Rachel
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Nov 11, 2009 at 2:07 pm

A great way to support veterans is to find veteran owned businesses and actively search for products and/or services they offer. The VA has a site called which lists out a few thousand businesses. On the commercial side, has a directory of nearly 2,500 veteran owned businesses and service disabled veteran owned businesses. Web Link

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Posted by More to the Story, !
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 11, 2009 at 2:58 pm

Craig Roberts, the American Legion's media relations manager, wrote the following, "President Obama was invited but did not attend. Vice-President Joe Biden did appear, however, and was very warmly received. The new President's absence was understandable considering the unprecedented logistical challenges presented by the vastly increased number of visitors to this inauguration and the necessary attendant security measures. The American Legion, as an organization, does not feel offended or 'snubbed.'"

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Posted by Jim
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 11, 2009 at 7:47 pm

Did you know that the ACLU has filed a suit to have all military cross-shaped headstones removed and another suit to end prayer from the military completely. They're making great progress. The Navy Chaplains can no longer mention Jesus' name in prayer thanks to the retched ACLU and the Obama administration.

Where do you stand on this Mr. McNerney?

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Posted by Jerry
a resident of Oak Hill
on Nov 12, 2009 at 1:52 am


Where can one find more info related to the ACLU legal action???

This is the first I've heard of it...

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Posted by tom
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 12, 2009 at 5:42 am

Regarding the question "Where can one find more info related to the ACLU legal action???"

Here is more info...

Web Link

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