In the weekly Republican radio address, Rep. Joe Pitts honored American service members “who raise their hands and volunteer for extraordinary tasks in the defense of freedom.”
“To those wearing the uniform in Iraq, Afghanistan and around the world at this hour, know that we are behind you and we join your loved ones in praying for your safe return home,” the Pennsylvania Republican said.
“In this time of year when we gather to celebrate family and fellowship, we are reminded of the fulfillment that comes from humbly serving one another,” Pitts said. “As a Vietnam veteran myself, I know the stress of being separated at this time of year.”
In addition, Pitts said the spirit of the Christmas season is shown “in the simple acts of kindness to aid families less fortunate.” He said, “let us strive to listen to one another, to treat one another with dignity and respect, and to do our part to see that the promise of the American dream is fully realized for our children and their children.”
Pitts is the incoming chairman of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health.
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