Today is Veterans Day. Please pause to thank a very special group of Americans—the brave men and women of our armed forces who have made the selfless and courageous decision to stand up to protect our country, our families, our rights, and freedoms. We owe each veteran a debt of gratitude and everlasting recognition for their sacrifice.
At the Department of Homeland Security, we are fortunate to have nearly 53,000 veterans, comprising 28 percent of our workforce. I am proud that so many veterans have chosen to continue to serve our Nation as members of the DHS family.
On behalf of all the rest of us, I thank the veterans within DHS for your military service to our country and for your continued dedication to help the homeland.