Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC) issued the following statement today after receiving The Military Coalitions 2009 Award of Merit. Congressman Wilson was recognized for his initiatives to increase military pay, improve health care benefits for servicemembers, expand retirement benefits for National Guard and Reserve members who have served in the Global War on Terrorism, and end compensation inequities for disabled veterans and military families.
“I am humbled by this recognition and grateful for the opportunity to work on behalf of our military and their families. As a veteran and the father of four sons serving in our Armed Forces, I know firsthand the extraordinary work and dedication of our servicemembers and their families. While we owe our military a debt of gratitude we can never fully repay, we should always strive to honor their service by fighting on their behalf here at home.”
MSG Michael Cline (USA-Ret), The Military Coalition President and Executive Director of the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States, said, “As Ranking Minority Member of the House Armed Services Military Personnel Subcommittee, Rep. Wilson has played an influential role on almost every aspect of military personnel and compensation improvements this year. We’re especially grateful for his leadership in working to improve this year’s military pay raise and seeking fairer retirement and health care coverage for the Guard and Reserve community.”
The Military Coalition is comprised of 34 military and veterans organizations representing over six million members worldwide.