Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin released the following statement:
"We are forever indebted to the more than 2,400 American service members who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in Afghanistan—including those killed and wounded in action on the final days of this conflict—as well as the more than 20,000 troops who returned home wounded. My heart is with their loved ones today and every day.
"To all the Wisconsinites who have served valiantly over the last 20 years, you have my unending gratitude and solemn commitment to ensuring you have access to the benefits and services you so bravely earned. You represent the very best of our state and I am honored to be your voice in Congress.
"Over the last 20 years, presidents of both parties made mistakes in Afghanistan—and the lasting impacts of this war will be felt for generations—but ending this conflict was the right decision. If the end of this conflict has taught us anything, it is that Congress and policymakers must understand the full weight of the decision to go to war.
"I’m proud that Wisconsin is once again playing a leading role in resettling refugees, as we’ve done many times in the past. We have a moral obligation to support those who helped our mission, and I am heartened to see our communities coming together to welcome our new neighbors."