Transcript: Remarks by Nate Davis at the Democratic National Convention
Edited by Jenny Jiang
Transcript of remarks by Veteran Nate Davis at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday, September 4, 2012:
“I’m not here tonight as a Democrat or a Republican, but as a man of Christian faith, proud of the progress this President has made. If you’re from Ohio, you know Neil Armstrong grew up in our state. When he passed away, I was thinking about what he said about how every step can also be a giant leap.
“That’s how I feel about what the President’s been doing. With every step, he’s had a huge impact on veterans.
“Not only did he get us what we needed overseas, he’s been there for us at home. He’s helped us get jobs, gotten guys help for PTSD, stood strong with military families.
“And for me, the most important thing was the Post-9/11 GI Bill; because of the new GI Bill, I got to go to Xavier. While I was there, I got to intern with Ohio’s Senator Sherrod Brown. And now that I’m a graduate, I have a job as Xavier’s Director of Veterans Affairs.
“The GI Bill keeps opening doors for me; 800,000 vets have gone back to school on the new GI Bill, a law that Barack Obama championed in the Senate and expanded as President. They’ve all earned it and the President had their backs.
“Last year, a guy came in to tell me that thanks to GI benefits, he had the chance to go to college. He’d always told his daughters how important education was, but now he was showing them with his example. And now he’s happy to sit at the kitchen table and do his homework right next to his daughters.
“So thank you President Obama.
“And to all the vets out there, even if you’re having a hard time, don’t give up. Believe in God and keep going forward.