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November 4, 2015
Thank You, Veterans!
           Congressman Langevin reads a certificate for veteran Felix Pelletier

Dear Friends,

The men and women who serve this nation deserve our respect, support, and gratitude 365 days a year, but most especially on Veterans Day. Veterans Day is an important reminder of the sacrifices they make, and it provides an opportunity for us to come together to celebrate their courage and service.

As a senior member of the House Armed Services and Homeland Security Committees, I spend a great deal of my time focused on defense and national security issues. The well-being of our service members and the care we provide for veterans is an important component of that work, so veterans are always on my mind.

This has been especially true of late; no more so than when I had the privilege of meeting an incredible World War II veteran named Felix Pelletier. Felix has impressed so many people with his generosity – myself included – and my visit with him has resonated with me as we prepare to honor all our veterans. Felix served our country with distinction, surviving the Invasion of Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge. His service could have ended on those battlefields, but Felix has never forgotten his fellow troops who continue to face danger every day to protect our freedom.

Since 2004, the 90-year-old Felix has sewn more than 75,000 neck coolers and ditty bags for active-duty military. For Felix, it gives him a sense of purpose. For those of us who are lucky enough to know him, he is an inspiration.

Felix is an amazing person and one of Rhode Island’s many decorated veterans. This Veterans Day, I hope you will reach out to one of them and say thank you.

            Sincerely,

           Rep. Langevin's Signature

Congressman Langevin speaks on the House floor
New Beginning
Congress achieved a victory for compromise with the passage of a two-year bipartisan budget agreement that provides stability and predictability for our country. While not perfect, this deal represents significant progress for middle-class families and reverses the most damaging impacts of sequestration. The American people have had enough manufactured crises and internal bickering within the House, and I am eager to use this momentum to move forward in the right direction.
 
Congressman Langevin at the Career and Technical Education Caucus Roundtable
Well-Rounded Roundtable
Students are better prepared when they have a range of experiences, and I believe Rhode Island should be thinking outside the box to provide a well-rounded education. As co-chair of the Career and Technical Education Caucus, I convened a roundtable with business leaders, educators and workforce development advocates from both Rhode Island and Germany to see how we can strengthen apprenticeship programs and replicate successful models of employer-educator partnerships.
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