President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence participated in an annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington Cemetery’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Wednesday as the nation honored its veterans and those who served in the military.
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) November 11, 2020
Vice President Mike Pence penned an op-ed Wednesday to honor Americans who served in the US military this Veterans Day; saying we gather each year to “pay a debt of gratitude” to those who “answered the call.”
“From Bunker Hill to Belleau Wood, from San Juan Hill to Saipan, from the Coral Reef to Kandahar, nearly 50 million men and women have donned the uniform of the United States, and nearly 20 million veterans still walk among us. Today a new generation of American heroes and veterans is being forged around the nation and around the world,” writes Pence.
“Our veterans really don’t consider themselves heroes — most of them reject the very thought of it. My dad, a combat veteran from the Korean War, used to say with humility that the heroes were the guys who didn’t make it home,” he adds.
“Before the day is out — whether at home or at work, on a street corner, or over a backyard fence — find a veteran. Whether he or she came home in the last week or in the last century, extend your hand and say those words that veterans never ask to hear but they deserve to hear every day. Find a veteran today and say: ‘Thank you for your service.’ Because they deserve to hear it every day,” concludes the Vice President.
Read the full op-ed here.
AMERICAN HERO: WWII Veteran Views DC Memorials, Passes Away on ‘Honor Flight’ Home
A World War II veteran passed away over the weekend on board an “honor flight” home after viewing memorials and attractions throughout Washington, DC.
“A 95-year-old military veteran died aboard an Honor Flight carrying World War II veterans back from a war memorial tour of Washington, D.C.,” reports USA Today.
“While on the all-expenses-paid trip back to his retirement home in California, Frank Manchel, the longtime owner of now-closed Price’s Menswear in Dearborn, collapsed aboard a chartered jet shortly before it was due to land Sunday,” adds the article.
“It was almost instantaneous,” said the founder of Honor Flight San Diego. “He was laughing, chatting, having a good time — and then he collapsed.”
Passengers on board said a prayer for the WWII veteran then draped his body in the American flag.
Read the full report at USA Today.
AMERICAN HEROES: President Trump Signs Executive Order Forgiving Student Debt for Disabled Veterans
President Trump signed an Executive Order Thursday cancelling student debt for permanently disabled veterans; effectively forgiving loans for more than 25,000 Americans.
“The order, which Trump signed following a speech at the American Veterans National Convention in Louisville, Ky., also clears those eligible veterans from having to pay any federal income tax on the loans. Trump added that he is pressuring individual states to follow suit,” reports Fox News.
“The debt of these disabled veterans will be completely erased,” Trump said. “That’s hundreds of millions of dollars of student loans debt for our disabled veterans that will be completely erased.”
It was my honor to sign a Presidential Memorandum facilitating the cancellation of student loan debt for 25K of our most severely disabled Veterans. With today’s order, we express the everlasting love & loyalty of a truly grateful Nation. God bless our Vets, & God Bless America! pic.twitter.com/MMMsX3RDQM
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 22, 2019
“It was my honor to sign a Presidential Memorandum facilitating the cancellation of student loan debt for 25K of our most severely disabled Veterans. With today’s order, we express the everlasting love & loyalty of a truly grateful Nation. God bless our Vets, & God Bless America!” Trump tweeted.
“Trump’s announcement comes days after the administration hired a longtime student loan industry executive to be the federal government’s top watchdog for the student loan market. Robert Cameron will serve as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s new student loan ombudsman, the bureau said Friday,” adds Fox.
Read the full report here.