"On Veterans Day, we express our profound gratitude to the brave men and women who have answered our nation's call to serve and protect us. We will never forget that the freedoms we enjoy as Americans are safeguarded by the service and sacrifice of our nation's veterans.
"In Rhode Island, we are committed to fulfilling our sacred responsibility to our veterans and their families. With the appointment of our state's first Director of Veterans Affairs, we have strengthened our ability to support the more than 70,000 veterans who call Rhode Island home. While we take a special moment on Veterans Day to recognize those who have served, we have made significant progress to ensure we support our veterans every day."