Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, today spoke at the American Legion’s Veterans Day ceremony to pay tribute to the state’s veterans and outline his efforts to provide them with the benefits and recognition they have earned.

“Our freedoms have been secured by the sweat and sacrifice of courageous men and women who, throughout our history, have bravely done what was needed to protect our nation and way of life,” said Hoeven. “We honor the courage and service of this nation’s veterans by ensuring they have the resources and support they need and have earned. To veterans in my home state of North Dakota across the country, we say thank you not only on Veterans Day but every day. May God bless these brave Americans and this great country they served.”

Specifically, Hoeven outlined his work to:

Strengthen the VA’s ability to provide care for veterans and give veterans more options to seek care in their home communities.

Enable more long-term care (LTC) providers to accept veteran patients.

Secure an expansion of the VA’s hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) clinical demonstration program to include the Fargo VA, the fifth such location in the nation, making this alternative treatment for PTSD available to veterans who have not experienced positive outcomes from traditional treatments.

Expand commercial pilot training opportunities for veterans.

Hoeven also paid tribute to the nation’s veterans on Wednesday during a speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate where he outlined these efforts.