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Vice President Mike Pence speaks at JBER during Veterans Day stopover

  • Author: Bill Roth
  • Updated: November 12
  • Published November 11

Vice President Mike Pence has his picture taken with Airman First Class Christopher Larry-Lewis and Airman First Class Prastashia Bowden while visiting with troops at the Iditarod Dining Facility on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Veterans Day on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, while on a refueling stop on his way to Tokyo. (Bill Roth / ADN)

Vice President Mike Pence told a crowd of soldiers and airmen at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Sunday that the Trump administration was working to improve health care and benefits for service members.

Pence stopped in Anchorage for a brief on-base appearance as his plane was refueling en route to Asia for a weeklong trip that will include stops in Japan, Australia and Papua New Guinea.

"No matter the passage of time, we will never forget the service and sacrifice of our men and women in the armed forces," Pence told the crowd gathered at JBER.

Pence stressed changes to the Department of Veterans Affairs meant to give veterans more choice in health care.

"We are once again giving our veterans across this country access to the world-class, real-time health care you earned in the uniform for the United States," he said.

Vice President Mike Pence visited with troops on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson during a refueling stop on Veterans Day, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018. (Bill Roth / ADN)
Sen. Lisa Murkowski greets Vice President Mike Pence during his visit to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson during a refueling stop on Veterans Day on Sunday. Lt. Gen. Thomas Bussiere, center, is the senior military officer in Alaska. (Bill Roth / ADN)
Selfie with Vice President Mike Pence during his visit with troops on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson during a refueling stop on Veterans Day, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018. (Bill Roth / ADN)
Vice President Mike Pence visited with troops on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson during a refueling stop on Veterans Day, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018. (Bill Roth / ADN)

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