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Thanking the brave on Veterans Day

Veterans Day is for paying tribute to the brave men and women who put on uniforms and helped protect this nation and our freedoms. Of the approximately 21 million veterans in the United States, just over 16 million have served in time of war.

As the numbers of the Greatest Generation dwindle, it becomes more important to thank them for their service in World War II. More than 600,000 veterans of that war remain with us. We also have 2 million veterans of the Korean War, about 7 million Viet Nam War vets and another 5.5 million who served from the Gulf War to the present.

Here in Texas, more than 1.7 million veterans live among us, according to statistics cited in a recent article.

As we have noted in this space before, the use by the military of civilian contractors is on the rise around the world. Among the most highly prized employees among the companies supplying these workers are veterans of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines.

Our nation's military still maintains approximately 800 military bases in more than 70 nations spanning the planet, Politico has stated. We have bases in Germany, Japan, Afghanistan, the United Arab Emirates, Honduras, South Korea, Turkey and more.

Civilian contractors are hired to provide security at some of those installations, as well as providing more mundane services such as building construction and maintenance, hospital staff, transportation, shipping and receiving, food preparation, etc.

When workers are injured in those jobs, they require the same benefits they could expect here at home: medical care and replacement of a portion of their wages. Those benefits are guaranteed them by the Defense Base Act.

If you have any questions about the Defense Base Act and how this can affect you or a loved one, please contact the Barnes Law Firm at 713-652-4002 for a confidential consultation.

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