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Mississippi Senators Wicker and Hyde-Smith Commemorate Veterans Day 

Both United States Senators acknowledge their commitment to National Service members through actions taken to assist state veterans and their families.

By Helene Roy 

This week, US Senators Cindy Hyde-Smith and Roger Wicker commemorated Veterans Day with individual statements. 
Both senators took the opportunity to recognize the needs of new generations of American veterans and to remember to support our future veterans by strengthening today’s military.

As of April 2021, 19 million living veterans served during at least one era. In 2015, the Housing Assistance Council reported that there were 165,538 veterans in Mississippi with 7.3 percent of the state’s adult population being US Army veterans.

Senator Hyde-Smith encouraged Mississippi veterans with access problems Department of Veterans Affairs resources and assistance to contact you for assistance. He says that more than ever the nation must show deep appreciation for those who have served in the United States military and for their families.

“To all veterans in Mississippi and throughout the United States, your sense of duty, dedication and selflessness is immeasurable and I join in offering you deep gratitude for your service,” said Hyde-Smith. “Don’t hesitate to let me know if I can be of any help to any of you.”

Senator Wicker noted his recent assistance in securing funding for the Coast State Veterans Home. Completion of the new facility is scheduled for 2023 and will house up to 100 veterans, provide 200 jobs and impact the local economy by $ 14 million.

Wicker also said Veterans Day is a reminder of the need to support our future veterans by strengthening today’s military. Part of that commitment, he says, is demonstrated by helping negotiate this year’s defense spending bill, which will provide more than $ 770 billion to meet the needs of our military.

The bill would give service members and their families a 2.7% salary increase, improve military health care, expand employment opportunities for military spouses, provide service members with bereavement leave, and it would ensure access to high-quality housing for military families.

“Veterans Day reminds us of the debts we owe to all who have defended our nation. As an Air Force veteran, I always like to meet veterans from different generations and exchange stories from our time in uniform. ” Wicker wrote. “As we honor our veterans this coming Thursday, I invite all Mississippians to join me in thanking all of our veterans for their service.”