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As elected officials one of our greatest responsibilities is to honor the service and sacrifice of our service members and their families. I take that commitment seriously and I am actively working to uphold that commitment already in Congress.

First and foremost, I am placing the utmost priority on constituent service requests in my office – particularly those related to veterans. Whether it be help getting a Purple Heart, problems receiving benefits or any other issue, I strongly encourage you to contact me and my staff with your needs.

Additionally, I'm working on a number of bills in Congress to honor and strengthen the commitment we've made to our veterans, service members and their families. I am a co-sponsor of legislation to properly address the benefits owed to many of our National Guard troops who have exceeded rotation goals. Thousands of National Guard members – many of them from Minnesota – have still not received this benefit long after returning home from Iraq, and they deserve better.

I'm also working to address a number of issues related to survivor and dependent benefits, honoring our Purple Heart recipients with a forever stamp and am co-sponsoring legislation to allow members of the Armed Forces, and their loved ones to send care packages to our troops over seas and letters at no cost.

The freedoms we all enjoy are a direct result of centuries of selfless sacrifice by our men and women of the Armed Forces. We must uphold our commitment to them with the same selfless dedication. I will continue to support our service members and veterans – before, during and after their deployment.

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