(WASHINGTON) -- Rep. Joe Pitts, R-Pa., thanked U.S. troops and celebrated the gift of life in this week's GOP address. After weeks of policy debate and the passage of new legislature, Pitts took time to reflect on the things for which Americans can be grateful.
"As another year comes to a close, the American people rise to meet the challenges of our time with resolve and determination," he said. "Before tackling the challenges that lie ahead, we join together to reflect on our blessings."
After reminding Americans about families in less-than-fortunate situations, Pitts calls attention to U.S. troops that have volunteered to be separated from their families to "volunteer for extraordinary tasks in the defense of freedom."
"As a Vietnam veteran myself, I know the stress of being separated at this time of year. To those wearing the uniform in Iraq, Afghanistan, and around the world at this hour, know that we are behind you and we join your loved ones in praying for your safe return home."
Pitts also thanked American doctors, nurses and emergency responders "working around the clock."
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