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Braley Marks 70th Anniversary of D-Day PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kirsten Hartman   
Friday, 06 June 2014 14:31

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) today released the following statement to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

“June 6, 1944 is a day that continues to live in our hearts and minds as we remember the American servicemembers who participated in the invasion of Normandy seventy years ago in the name of freedom. Their bravery and sacrifice continue to have an impact on the lives of all Americans and will never be forgotten.”

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Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Zukunft to participate in 70th anniversary D-Day events in Normandy PDF Print E-mail
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Written by U.S. Coast Guard HQ Public Affairs   
Wednesday, 04 June 2014 14:37

WASHINGTON — When the Allied Forces landed on Normandy Beach, the U.S. Coast Guard took part in the greatest amphibious operation the world had ever seen. On June 6, 1944, the Coast Guard joined the other U.S. military branches and Allied Forces in the operation code-named Overlord. The Coast Guard played an integral part in Operation Neptune, the code name given to Overlord's amphibious assault and naval gunfire support operations.

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft is scheduled to join with President Barack Obama and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel this week in France for the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of D-Day. Adm. Zukunft assumed the duties of Coast Guard Commandant May 30, 2014.

A fact sheet about the Coast Guard and its participation in D-Day provides units, commands and statistics about the service's actions.

Read about the events of June 6, 1044, in "U.S. Coast Guard at Normandy" by Coast Guard historian Scott Price: http://www.uscg.mil/history/articles/h_normandy.asp.

For tweets from Normandy, link to the Commandant's Twitter account: www.twitter.com/admzukunft

The Commandant's Instagram account, www.instagram.com/admzukunft, will feature photos from Adm. Zukunft's trip to Normandy.

For media interested in arranging interviews with Adm. Zukunft while he is in Normandy, please contact Lt. Cmdr. Matt Moorlag at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Some facts about the Coast Guard and D-Day:

  • At least 97 Coast Guard cutters and Coast Guard-manned Navy vessels participated in Operation Neptune.
  • More Coast Guard vessels were lost or damaged that day than at any time in its history. Destroyed in action were LCI(L)-85, 91, 92 and 93. The latter three were lost on Omaha Beach while the 85 sank offshore. Their burning wrecks served as navigation markers that day.
  • Fifteen Coast Guardsmen died in the invasion on D-Day. Most were crewmen from the LCIs and landing craft that participated in the Omaha Beach assault. Six of those who were killed in action are buried in the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in France.
  • Coast Guardsmen who participated were awarded one Navy Cross, 11 Silver Stars and one British Distinguished Service Cross.

 

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Statements on the Resignation of VA Secretary Shinseki PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Various   
Monday, 02 June 2014 10:50

Loebsack Statement on the Resignation of VA Secretary Shinseki

 

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement today after Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned.

“As a military parent, I have been outraged by what has come to light at VA health centers across the nation. I appreciate Secretary Shinseki’s prior service to our nation, but believe that his resignation is the only way for the Agency to start fresh and ensure our veterans receive the timely access to health care they deserve. It is now time to move forward and focus on how we as a nation provide the best health care for those who defended our country. We must redouble our efforts to rectify this situation and provide the VA with the resources they need to prevent anything like this from happening in the future.”

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Braley Statement on Resignation of Secretary Shinseki

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) today released the following statement following the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki.

"Despite the recent and ongoing issues at the VA that led to today’s resignation, Secretary Shinseki’s service to our country deserves our sincerest respect and gratitude. While I agree with today’s decision, this in no way diminishes our responsibility to fully investigate recent allegations of misconduct, punish those involved—and most importantly—to work together to solve these problems in service to America’s veterans. We all owe that to the generations of America’s veterans who continue to rely on the VA for quality care."

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Loebsack Welcomes Quad Cities Honor Flight to Washington PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Friday, 30 May 2014 11:40

Veterans from WWII and Korean Wars view monuments built in their honor

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack today welcomed the Quad Cities Honor Flight to the National World War II Memorial on the National Mall in Washington. Loebsack presented the members of the Honor Flight with copies of the Congressional Record statement he submitted in recognition of their service, as well as a pocket Constitution. The Quad Cities Honor Flight brings World War II and Korean War veterans to Washington to visit our nation’s capital and Memorials built in their honor.

“I look forward to welcoming each Honor Flight to our nation’s capital so they can see the memorials that were built in their honor. Being able to welcome these veterans today was especially meaningful,” said Loebsack. “We cannot thank these veterans enough for their service to our nation. I was honored to present them with a copy of the statement I made for the official Congressional Record to recognize their service, as well as a pocket Constitution.”  

The Honor Flights are all fully paid for, and the veterans are typically accompanied by volunteers who donate their time to ensure that the veterans have a safe trip. This group included 92 veterans. The Quad Cities Honor Flight left from the Quad Cities Airport this morning and will return tonight.

Loebsack is an avid supporter of our veterans. As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, he has worked to improve care and benefits for our servicemembers and veterans, including expanding Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits for the National Guard; expanding access to mental health care; helping our veterans find civilian jobs; and opening new Community Based Outpatient Clinics to improve access to VA services for Iowa veterans. He also co-introduced bipartisan legislation to eliminate the waiting period for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits for servicemembers wounded in combat.

 
Lt. Governor Simon-backed military education reform overwhelmingly passes Illinois General Assembly PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Annie Thompson   
Friday, 30 May 2014 08:49
Measure to assist military students heads to governor’s desk
SPRINGFIELD – May 29, 2014. Lt. Governor Sheila Simon today applauded the Illinois General Assembly for passing legislation crafted by her office to ease the transitions of military students moving in and out of Illinois schools. House Bill 3939 sponsored by Sen. Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) and Rep. Eddie Lee Jackson (D-East St. Louis) now heads to Governor Quinn for signing.
“I appreciate the legislature’s strong support of this measure that will improve educational opportunities for military students and help keep military jobs in our state,” said Simon, who chairs the state’s Interagency Military Base Support and Economic Development Committee (IMBSEDC). “I would like to thank the school administrators for their valuable input, and I commend Rep. Jackson and Sen. Bush for their work to pass this bill.  I look forward to the governor signing it into law.”
“The Metro East is home to many of our state’s military families, and I look forward to returning to my district to show military families that they have our support,” said Rep. Jackson. “Today we showed our commitment to these families that sacrifice so much.”
“I was pleased to sponsor this legislation in the Senate, and I would like to thank Lt. Governor Simon for raising this important issue,” said Sen. Bush. “It is vital that we do everything in our power to support our military families and military students, and I encourage the governor to sign HB 3939 into law quickly.”
In 2010, Illinois joined the Interstate Compact for Military Children and adopted the state’s first-ever law recognizing the unique educational challenges of military students. In the 45 other Compact states, military students enter the same grade level at their new schools, retain previously earned credit and are offered opportunities for extracurricular activities. Illinois’ law does not currently offer the same assurances.
The Simon-backed legislation brings Illinois into alignment with other Compact states, providing protections military students deserve while also preserving local control. They include:
• Grade Level: Students must be allowed to continue their enrollment at grade level in the receiving state at the time of transition; subsequent evaluation to verify placement is allowed.
• Course & Program Placement: Schools shall initially honor course and program placement for military students at the time of transition, including Advanced Placement and ESL, provided that the courses are offered and space is available; subsequent evaluation to verify placement is allowed.
• Extracurricular Activities: Schools shall facilitate the opportunity for inclusion in sports and other activities to the extent that children are qualified and space is available as determined by the school principal.
The state of Illinois is home to approximately 10,000 military students, most of whom have at least one parent on active duty at major installations in North Chicago, the Quad Cities and Metro East. They may transfer schools up to nine times between kindergarten and high school graduation, a rate three times that of their civilian peers.
Simon added that with potential federal defense spending reductions and potential base closures on the horizon, this measure positions our bases for expansions, not drastic cuts.
During a series of listening posts hosted by the Simon-chaired Interagency Military Base Support and Economic Development Committee (IMBSEDC) held last year near Scott Air Force Base, Naval Station Great Lakes and the Rock Island Arsenal, families and military leadership consistently raised the issue of improving school transition.
As chair of the IMBSEDC, Simon helps coordinate the state’s activities and communications relating to current and former military bases in Illinois. This spring, Simon has joined U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), members of Illinois’ congressional delegation and officials from the U.S. Air Force to discuss the future Scott Air Force Base in Belleville.
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