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Global War on Terrorism War Memorial bill passes Senate

This news story was published on August 4, 2017.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, bipartisan legislation championed by U.S. Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Joe Manchin (D-WV), known as the Global War on Terrorism War Memorial Act, passed the Senate unanimously. The bill, sponsored by Congressmen Mike Gallagher (R-WI) and Seth Moulton (D-MA) is a companion measure to S. 926 which Ernst and Manchin introduced in April. The legislation previously passed the U.S. House of Representatives and now heads to President Trump’s desk.

The senators’ legislation authorizes the Global War on Terrorism Memorial Foundation, a private foundation, to begin the process of pursuing the construction of a memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The memorial will honor our men and women in uniform, the fallen servicemembers, their families, and all those who have been impacted by our nation’s longest war.

“I am thrilled the Senate has overwhelmingly approved our bipartisan legislation, so that we can take another step closer toward honoring the brave men and women, and their loved ones, who have sacrificed so much in the defense of our nation with an important memorial,” said Senator Ernst, a combat veteran. “It is my hope that this memorial is a place for our veterans and their families to heal, honor, and remember all those impacted by this war.”

“Since September 11, 2001, brave warriors from all across our country have returned home from the battlefield with both visible and invisible wounds,” said Senator Manchin. “Our most courageous sons and daughters selflessly picked up arms to fight terror. It is incredibly important that we honor these men and women through this memorial, so that their stories may be told and remembered for generations.”

This authorization is the first step in a process that will culminate with the design and construction of a Global War on Terror Memorial on the National Mall without using any federal funds.

Additionally, this legislation has received support from The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the US (VFW), Iraq And Afghanistan Veterans Of America (IAVA), Wounded Warrior Project, The Military Order of the Purple Heart, American Veterans (AMVETS), American Goldstar Mothers, Student Veterans of America, The Green Beret Foundation, Team Rubicon, The Mission Continues, Team Red White and Blue, Travis Manion Foundation, Got Your Six, Warrior Expeditions, Union Veteran Council of the AFL-CIO, and Tragedy Assistance Program For Survivors (TAPS).

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4 Responses to Global War on Terrorism War Memorial bill passes Senate

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    August 5, 2017 at 9:41 am

    Carley — The democrats are the owners of obamacare and do not want it repealed – their corporate boss -the medical industry/insurance complex are making billions off the people and stuffing big money into these bought and paid for elected reps. Yes and some are elite repubs – but the None American born past president was just as crooked – heard he is collecting millions for having his name on their policies ( royalties) and yes he was a royal corrupt POS..

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    August 5, 2017 at 7:42 am

    I’m all for it – BUT BUT – 17 years and thousands of American lives – this is over 3 times longer than world war 2 ? Some rumors hint the military complex does not want it to end — What is going on ?

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    Nada Racist Reply Report comment

    August 4, 2017 at 10:04 pm

    The inscription says “RIP ISIS Defeated 30 Days After Trump’s Inauguration LOL”

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    Carly Reply Report comment

    August 4, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    Now if the elected representatives could find time to fix health care……