WICKER: “Our government must never break faith with the men and women who sacrificed so much to serve our nation in uniform” | Mississippi politics and news

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Posted by Senator Roger Wicker

Each new generation answers the call to service

Next month will mark 80 years since the bombing of Pearl Harbor, which catapulted our nation into World War II, during which 16 million young Americans answered the call of duty and served our country with guns. On September 11, 2001, America was again attacked by an unprovoked enemy. Like their ancestors before them, thousands of young Americans responded to this attack by volunteering for the military, serving in what became known as the War on Terror. I am proud to have family members who have served in both of these wars: my father in Europe and my son in Afghanistan.

Veterans Day reminds us of the debts we owe to all who have defended our nation. As an Air Force veteran, I always enjoy meeting veterans of all generations and swapping stories from our time in uniform. As we honor our veterans this coming Thursday, I invite all Mississippi to join me in thanking all of our veterans for their service.

Universities help veterans return to civilian life

Our nation has an obligation to help veterans return to civilian life, and four of our largest Mississippi universities are taking the lead in helping veteran students. For example, Ole Miss, Jackson State, and Mississippi State have dedicated resource centers to help veteran students get the most out of their education and find success in civilian careers. And the University of Southern Mississippi was named the third “Best for Vets” institution by the Military Times.

During my time in Congress, I have worked to improve the quality of life of our veterans. This year I helped secure funding for the Gulfport State Veterans Home, and last month construction finally began after long delays during the pandemic. This facility is scheduled for completion in 2023 and will house up to 100 veterans, provide 200 jobs and impact the local economy by $ 14 million.

Congress needs to fund the military

Veterans Day is also a reminder of the need to support our future veterans by strengthening today’s military. As a member of the Senate Armed Services Commission, I helped negotiate this year’s defense spending bill, which will provide more than $ 770 billion to meet the needs of our military. These investments are essential in dealing with China and Russia, which have become more aggressive after President Biden’s chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan.

This bill would improve the lives of our service members and their families by giving them a 2.7% salary increase. It would also improve military health care, expand employment opportunities for military spouses, provide service members with bereavement leave, and ensure military families access to high-quality housing.

Unfortunately, the Democrats are holding back this all-important legislation in the Senate. I urge them to end their obstruction so that our military can have the resources they need to protect our nation. I am also with our troops who have conscientiously refused to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. I am now co-sponsoring legislation to ensure these people receive honorable discharge if the President’s mandate forces them to leave the military. Our government must never break faith with the men and women who sacrificed so much to serve our nation in uniform.

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Posted by US Senator from Mississippi Roger Wicker

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