Veterans Day has always been important to Art Armijo—as an active member of the United States Navy, as a father, and as a veteran. This year's holiday holds even more significance: less than one month after President Obama announced that all American troops would return home from Iraq by the end of 2011, Art’s son, Lt. Jeffery Armijo, was reunited with his family in New Mexico upon completion of a tour of duty with the Army’s 1st Battalion, 204th Air Defense Artillery Regiment in Iraq.
Art’s own service began with a tour of duty with the United States Navy in 1962 aboard the USS Goldsborough. In 1965, as a Petty Officer 3rd Class, Art was sent to the Gulf of Tonkin during the Vietnam War. After the loss of his father, he joined the Navy Reserve to help support his eight younger siblings. Art was decorated for his service in Vietnam, and has since become an advocate for veterans within his local Democratic party—just as our President is doing in Washington, says Art.
“Democrats have always supported veterans, and we need to understand that President Obama can help and listen to veterans,” he explains. “I support President Obama for the same reasons that I supported him in 2008--he is the most articulate messenger of hope, and there is still progress to be made. President Obama is on the right track and needs four more years to finish what he has started to better our country.”
Stand with fellow veterans and military families, as well as the community’s biggest advocate, President Obama, this Veterans Day, by joining the progress that we’ve made together in the past three years.