Veterans Day message from Cong. Terri Sewell

Cong. Terri Sewell (Photo source: WTOK-TV)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WTOK) - Alabama Cong. Terri Sewell released a statement in observance of Veterans Day.

“This Veterans Day, I join my fellow Americans in honoring the devotion and sacrifice of our nation’s veterans, service members, and military families. These brave men and women make our country a safer place and afford us the freedom to enjoy our way of life.

We are indebted to our veterans for their service, and here in Congress, I have made it a top priority to ensure that our veterans receive the care and benefits they have earned.

Now more than ever, we must renew our commitment to providing support for our 22 million veterans and their families, including over 38,000 veterans right here in the 7th Congressional District of Alabama. Not just today, but every day, we should celebrate their service.”

Sewell spoke at a wreath laying ceremony Friday at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, in remembrance of deceased veterans.

Sewell's office also released information that she's an original co-sponsor of the Wage Adjustment for Veterans Enrolled in School Act, legislation introduced on Thursday, November 9, to strengthen minimum wage standards for veteran students enrolled in a work study program.

According to the news release, under current law, work study programs for veteran students require only that students be paid at least state and federal minimum wage. As more and more cities enact a minimum wage, the Wage Adjustment for Veterans Enrolled in School Act would ensure that veteran student wages match the minimum wage of their non-veteran coworkers.