As we celebrate Veteran’s Day today, I hope that all Americans will take a moment to reflect on the brave sacrifices our veterans have made to protect our country. The brave men and women who have served — and those who continue to serve — our armed forces have selflessly sacrificed for our nation and we owe it to them to provide the best services and protections available when they’re overseas, and after they return home.

From the first day I ran for Congress, I have tried to serve as a voice for our veterans and servicemembers. This week, with the passage of the VOW to Hire Veterans Act, the Senate took an important step forward towards solving the jobs crisis for our servicemembers returning home. And as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, I announced new initiatives that would strengthen the benefits available to those who serve in our National Guard and Reserves.

Those who serve in the National Guard and Reserves often fight shoulder to shoulder with our active duty troops in battle, yet upon their return home, do not have the same access to benefits and protections such as financial counseling, job protections and health care. This is wrong. When they return home from serving our country, our National Guard and Reserve members shouldn’t have to be confronted with red tape in order to access the benefits they’ve earned fighting for our country.