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December 13, 2018
Honoring Our Veterans
           Congressman Langevin marches in the North Kingstown Veterans Day parade with Senator Whitehouse

Dear Friends,

As a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, I learn every week about the bravery of our military service members. The sacrifices they make to defend our freedom are truly awe inspiring, and we owe them an immeasurable debt. From the earliest days of the Republic, caring for our returning soldiers has been a sacred duty of Congress. And while it is important that we take the time to demonstrate our appreciation throughout the year, each Veterans Day is a special opportunity to show our gratitude to the thousands of veterans who reside here in Rhode Island.

November 11 was chosen as Veterans Day because it is the day World War One ended, and this year’s commemorations were particularly poignant as they fell on the 100th anniversary of that armistice. Over the weekend, I joined several of my colleagues in federal and state government at the WaterFire Salute to Veterans lighting ceremony. This particular edition of one of Rhode Island’s iconic traditions served as a fitting tribute to those who have served in uniform. I also had the pleasure of participating in the North Kingstown Veterans Day Parade. From Wickford Village to North Kingstown High School, it was wonderful to see so many Rhode Islanders on the parade route.

More recently, I was pleased to help usher legislation through the House of Representatives to memorialize Army Captain Matthew J. August, a North Kingstown native who was tragically killed in action when his convoy was ambushed in 2004. Captain August was the first Rhode Islander to be killed as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. This legislation will designate the post office in Saunderstown as the “Captain Matthew J. August Post Office” in his honor.

If you are a veteran in need of assistance with your benefits, I encourage you to call my Rhode Island office at (401) 732-9400. For more information on veterans’ issues and my visits around the Second District, please visit my website and follow me on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.

            Sincerely,

           Rep. Langevin's Signature

Congressman Langevin speaks at a Small Business Saturday event
Getting Down to Small Business
Small businesses are the heart and soul of retail districts here in the Ocean State. On “Small Business Saturday,” I joined the Rhode Island SBA and my colleagues in the federal delegation to celebrate the local shops and restaurants that line the Main Streets of communities across the state. Shopping small is a great way to support the local economy and find unique gifts for your loved ones this holiday season.
 
Congressman Langevin speaks at a local grocery store
Reducing Waste
The Center for EcoTechnology was recently awarded a federal grant to help address the issue of food waste in Rhode Island. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, up to 40% of the food in the country goes uneaten. This grant will help restaurants and other businesses find cost-effective ways to reduce this waste through composting or programs aimed at battling food insecurity.
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