MCALLEN, Texas – Today marks 100 years that the U.S. has celebrated Veteran’s Day. The holiday began as Armistice Day in 1919. Congress changed the name to Veterans Day in 1926 and in 1938 it was ratified as a national holiday.
U.S. Representative Vicente Gonzalez, “To tell our veterans in our community thank you for their service. Those that are wearing the uniform today and those who have worn it in the past, I think everyone who has signed the dotted line to pay the ultimate price for our country deserves the ultimate recognition and we get to take today just for them.”
As Congressman Gonzalez delivered the keynote address at a ceremony in McAllen, he spoke of legislation he will soon propose called Train In Train Out to better educate veterans as they transition to leave the military.
“We’re hoping that this will diminish the suicide rate in this country. We’re still losing 22 veterans every single day to suicide. We’ve actually lost more veterans to suicide than we have in actual war and I think that’s a disgrace.”
Gonzalez says the legislation is a collaboration with Hollywood actress Alyssa Milano. She toured the McAllen Respite Center last week along with Gonzalez.
“I think we need to put the same effort that we do to train them to be soldiers. The same effort and time to train them to go back to civilian life and be able to participate in American society.” adds the congressman.