It's right there in the Preamble to the Constitution. One of the chief responsibilities of our federal government is to "provide for the common defense." It's a duty that Speaker Ryan takes very seriously, and in fact, this very week, the House acted decisively on a national defense bill that: 

  1. Gives our troops a pay raise,
  2. Funds their training, and
  3. Prevents the administration from bringing GITMO terrorists to American soil.

These are common sense steps towards building a 21st-century military, but for most Americans, there is an even simpler way to express support for our men and women in uniform, and that's to say "thank you."  

So from Speaker Ryan (and his entire team in the Speaker's Office), thank you to all who have served or are currently serving in America's armed forces. 

10 Photos that Say 'Thank You' to our Armed Forces

1. Members of the USMC share a laugh with the Speaker in his office.

Members of the USMC share a laugh with the Speaker in his office.

2. The most decorated officer of the 82nd Airborne also happens to be a 99-year-old Wisconsinite.

The most decorated officer of the 82nd Airborne also happens to be a 99-year-old Wisconsinite.

3. Speaker Ryan invites two Medal of Honor recipients from Afghanistan and Iraq to his balcony at the U.S. Capitol.

Speaker Ryan invites two Medal of Honor recipients from Afghanistan and Iraq to his balcony at the U.S. Capitol.

4. The Borinqueneers of World War II and Korea receive the highest award that Congress can bestow—the Congressional Gold Medal.

The Borinqueneers of World War II and Korea receive the highest award that Congress can bestow—the Congressional Gold Medal.

5. Speaker Ryan meets a group of young marines on the Speaker's balcony.

Speaker Ryan meets a group of young marines on the Speaker's balcony.

6. For Veterans Day, Speaker Ryan spends time with veterans in Racine, Wisconsin.

For Veterans Day, Speaker Ryan spends time with veterans in Racine, Wisconsin.

7. Speaker Ryan celebrates Major General Poppas' promotion to a two-star.

Speaker Ryan celebrates Major General Poppas' promotion to a two-star.

8. A West Point Cadet stretches across the table for a fist bump.

A West Point Cadet stretches across the table for a fist bump.

9. John Palese travels from Wisconsin to be honored with a Congressional Gold Medal.

John Palese travels from Wisconsin to be honored with a Congressional Gold Medal.

10. While in Germany, Speaker Ryan visits with Marines stationed abroad.

While in Germany, Speaker Ryan visits with Marines stationed abroad.

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