WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today praised the Senate's unanimous passage of the American Veterans Disabled for Life Commemorative Coin Act (H.R.634.) Senator Inhofe is a proud cosponsor of this act which pays tribute to the millions of veterans who have been disabled while serving our country.
This bill will authorize the Secretary of the Treasury to mint a commemorative coin in 2010. In addition to honoring our disabled veterans, the revenues from the surcharge on the coin will help fund construction of the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial in Washington, D.C. The bill now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration.
"Throughout our history, men and women have bravely defended the freedoms of this nation," said Sen. Inhofe. "Millions of these veterans return home sustaining the wounds of battle for the rest of their lives. The American Veterans Disabled for Life Commemorative Coin Act is one small way we can pay special tribute to their valiant sacrifice."
About the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial:
American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial in Washington, D.C. will be the first national memorial honoring our disabled American veterans. The mission is to commemorate the selfless and continuing sacrifice of America's 3 million living disabled veterans, ensuring they will always be remembered; to provide all Americans with a place to express their appreciation for the men and women who came home from war bearing the scars of our great nation's defense; and to serve as an eternal reminder of disabled veterans' honor, service, and sacrifice.
The entire cost of the construction is fully funded by private donations through the auspices of the Disabled Veterans' LIFE Memorial Foundation. The three-acre site for the Memorial is located on Washington Avenue at 2nd Street, SW, across from the U.S. Botanic Gardens, and in full view of the U.S. Capitol building. Federal legislation for the Memorial, Public Law 106-348, was signed into law on October 24, 2000. For more information please visit: http://www.avdlm.org/