WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, ahead of Veterans Day on November 11, Senator Rick Scott wrote an op-ed for The Ripon Forum about one of his most important roles as U.S. Senator: to protect and serve the families of our nation. Senator Rick Scott is a Navy veteran, and currently serves on the Senate Committees on Armed Services and Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.


In the op-ed, Senator Rick Scott wrote, “I am who I am today because of my tough-love mom and my adopted dad. They lived a hard life – we grew up poor and my parents struggled to find work – but they loved this country and worked tirelessly to give their children a better life. They are my heroes.


My adopted dad joined the Army as a teenager and was one of the few who did all four combat jumps with the 82nd Airborne during World War II. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge. What he and our brave men and women in uniform did to protect the freedoms we enjoy is awe-inspiring. And we can never forget their accomplishments.



As a U.S. Senator and member of the Armed Services Committee, I’m continuing the fight to ensure that Florida remains a national leader for military and defense and that our veterans, military members and their families are provided the support they need to keep the nation safe and to succeed even after their service.



I won’t let those on the radical Left distract us from the values that make America great. The values that my mom taught me. And it is my hope that we never forget that the primary goal of government is to provide for the common defense, so our children and grandchildren can live in freedom and peace – and have their shot at the American dream.


To our veterans – thank you for your service to our great nation. I applaud your bravery and courage. I will never lose sight of one the most important roles I have: to protect and serve the families of our nation.”


Read the full op-ed in The Ripon Forum HERE.