WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) released the following video statement as a holiday message for members of the United States Armed Forces serving overseas, veterans, and their families.

Link to video.

“Happy holidays to all the men and women serving overseas this holiday season,” Cantwell said. “We are grateful for your sacrifices to defend our country’s freedom and keep us safe at home. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers.

“Washington is proud of the men and women who serve our nation. Our state is home to more than 60,000 active-duty military personnel, and we are home to 600,000 veterans. To those of you from Washington, please know that your neighbors are thinking of you this holiday season, and you make all of us in Washington proud.

“Thank you for your service, and we look forward to having you home.”