Preserving the american dream in honor of our veterans

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By Congressman Robert Hurt

Our country continues to face great challenges as we work toward balancing our budget, getting Americans back to work, and putting our nation on a fiscally sustainable course.  And though this battle will not easily be won, it is a battle that we must continue to fight if we want to preserve the American Dream for our children and grandchildren.


The American Dream is one that has been defended many times throughout our nation’s history, thanks to the men and women who have served this great country. And we must not forget the liberties those brave soldiers fought to protect as we make the important decisions to address today’s challenges.


This past week, I was reminded of the service, sacrifice, and courage it takes to preserve these founding principles as I visited with two men who landed at Normandy during World War II.


Carl “Chubby” Proffitt, Jr. of Charlottesville and William Snead of Halifax were presented with the Legion of Honor by the French Government in Washington, DC last week. This award is the highest decoration in France and is awarded to American soldiers who assisted in French liberation during Nazi occupation.


To be in the presence of these two heroes this past week was a keen reminder of the greatness of this country. There is much we can accomplish when we muster the courage. And as we continue working to advance policies that will reduce our debt and spur job creation, we must keep in mind those that came before us and those who will come after us. Now is our time to make the tough but necessary choices to preserve the same founding principles that Mr. Proffitt and Mr. Snead so bravely fought for many years ago. 


If you need any additional information, please visit my website at hurt.house.gov or call my Washington office: (202) 225-4711, Charlottesville office: (434) 973-9631, Danville office: (434) 791-2596, or Farmville office: (434) 395-0120.