Thoughts and Prayers on Memorial Day

Dear Friend,

On Memorial Day, let us all show our gratitude to those who have bravely and selflessly served our country and have paid the ultimate price to protect our Freedom and Democracy. Their flag-covered coffins break our hearts.
 
There are many who fight for the ideals that America has promised to be. These are the core values our warriors fought to protect for the rest of us, the values which define us as Americans. It is the bedrock of our Nation, the goals that make life worth living, that are worth fighting and dying for. They dedicated their lives to ensure that these ideals are protected for the rest of us.
 
As American patriots, our priority should be to acknowledge, memorialize, and honor the service of our veterans and their families every day - not just today.
 
Our veterans need us to:

  • Every day demand that our Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guardare properly equipped to protect themselves on the field of battle.
  • Every day ensure that service members are paid enough so that their spouses and children do not depend on food stamps and social programs.
  • Every day demand that military spouses - particularly military wives - will be ensured rights that all women deserve.
  • Every day demand that our military receive the best medical services.
  • Every day create adequate services, workforce training and jobs for our men and women as they face the challenges of re-entering civilian life. 

We must always remember that the cost of war is more than just the price of the machines and equipment needed to fight. The cost of war is also the price of taking care of our men and women when they get home. Our veterans fulfilled their duty by defending our nation wherever and whenever necessary; it is our duty as a nation to care for them when they return. You cannot separate the price of fighting from the price of healing. If you cannot afford to take care of your veterans, then you cannot afford to go to war.

I am proud to announce that I have received endorsements from important veterans and veteran groups for the work I have done fighting for Veterans who have been exposed to toxins and are now developing cancers and chronic diseases.

Jerome Ensminger, MSgt, USMC (Retired) said the following:

"In this era of 'science denying' by elected members of our United States Congress, it is imperative that we fight back and elect candidates who believe in science. Mindi Messmer not only believes in science...she is a scientist. Let’s do our part by sending Mindi Messmer to represent New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives." 

We must always remember that the cost of war is more than just the price of the machines and equipment needed to fight. The cost of war is also the price of taking care of our men and women when they get home and their families when they don’t come home. Our veterans fulfilled their duty by defending our nation wherever and whenever necessary; it is our duty as a nation to care for them when they return. You cannot separate the price of fighting from the price of healing. If you cannot afford to take care of your veterans, then you cannot afford to go to war.

We must support efforts to improve Veteran’s Administration services and expand access to high-quality medical care for Veterans. It is the care they earned through service to our country. 

We also must stop this endless cycle of undeclared wars that end up creating more veterans to memorialize on this day. Our soldiers deserve better than a state of constant warfare.

The efforts, achievements, and sacrifices of our men and women in uniform far exceed my service each day. I thank them for their commitment and their service from the bottom of my heart. 
 
I will be attending our town Memorial Day celebration and then traveling to Manchester to speak and be a part of the Memorial Day Parade.
 
I want to leave you with one parting thought from Franklin D. Roosevelt:

“Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy forget in time that men have died to win them.” 
 

We must not forget.

Best wishes to all service members and their families on Memorial Day.
 
Mindi Messmer

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