Seventy-one years ago today, Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor thrust the United States into World War II. In the years that followed, all Americans made tremendous sacrifices to win our freedom, earning a place in history as this nation’s Greatest Generation. Many of them — including nearly 1,900 Montanans— sacrificed everything.
After winning the world’s most defining war, the Greatest Generation built an era of prosperity here at home. Their hard work, determination and willingness to sacrifice still inspires us. Our greatest generation also reminded us that we have an enduring responsibility to see that all veterans get the opportunities for quality health care, higher education and meaningful work when they return home.
As one Montana veteran told me “The day we stop taking care of our veterans is the day we should stop creating them.”