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February 4, 2022


DENVER, CO – Representatives David Ortiz and Tom Sullivan, military veterans from Afghanistan

and the Vietnam Era, today released the following statements on Military Appreciation Day at the

Colorado Capitol.

“Every year, we recognize the brave men and women who have protected our nation, and I am especially proud this year to lead the resolution honoring the contributions of our Latino and Latina veterans and servicemembers,” said Rep. David Ortiz, D-Littleton. “This bipartisan tradition underscores our commitment to every veteran in Colorado, and I look forward to continuing our work to support our nation’s servicemembers and veterans.”

“On this important day, we honor all those who have served in our nation’s armed forces and the sacrifices they have made to keep us safe and protect our values,” said Rep. Tom Sullivan, D-Centennial. “As someone who served during the Vietnam Era, I know how important it is to our brothers and sisters who served with us to know that we recognize their sacrifices and that we will always honor their bravery and dedication to our country.”

Representative Ortiz, who served as a helicopter pilot in Afghanistan, today sponsored HJR22-1008, which recognizes the contributions of Latino and Latina veterans and servicemembers. Representative Sullivan, who served during the Vietnam Era, sponsored HJR22-1010, which recognizes the military veterans in Colorado who served in the Vietnam War.

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