November 11, 2021

By Jon Riches

America’s veterans have chosen to lead lives that can be unpredictable, tough on families, and dangerous. And they have done so because they share a fidelity to the Constitution and to our way of life.

All servicemembers have taken an oath to “support and defend” and “bear true faith and allegiance” to the Constitution. In other words, they have promised—literally with their lives—to protect our constitutional republic and the liberty it preserves against all enemies that would do us harm. 

If not for the sacrifices of these men and women, the forces of statism would have conquered long ago. But because our veterans raised their hands, and have fought here and abroad, America remains the greatest force for liberty and prosperity the world has ever known. 

As a country, we must show our appreciation for those who serve not just in words, but in action. It’s why, for example, the Goldwater Institute has worked to make it easier for military spouses to continue working in their careers when they move across state lines. Military families are frequently on the move, and we must recognize the challenges that that mobile life can pose and provide the adaptability that these families need.

Thank you to our nation’s servicemen and women for choosing a difficult life so that America’s way of life will endure. From all of us at the Goldwater Institute, Happy Veterans Day. 

Read about the work the Goldwater Institute has done on for our military veterans, including ensuring that military members and their families have the right to practice their occupations across state lines, here.  

Jon Riches is the Director of National Litigation at the Goldwater Institute and a Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve

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