Bill Ritter today honored 's 423,000-plus veterans and their families and expressed his gratitude for their service: Colorado
"On behalf of the people of
Colorado, it is my privilege to recognize the brave Coloradans who have served and protected our freedoms," Gov. Ritter said. "We owe the many men and women who have answered the call of duty a debt of gratitude that can never fully be repaid. And just as we honor America 's military heroes on Veterans Day, we must honor their families for the sacrifices they also have made. America
"To the men and women who continue to fight in harm's way on foreign soil, know that we join your friends and families in praying for your safe return.
"As Governor, I and the First Lady place a high priority on ensuring that state government is doing its best to meet the needs of returning military personnel and their families. I am committed to addressing the physical health care, mental health care, education, job training, housing and many other needs of
's veterans and their families." Colorado