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Green Beret Rep. Michael Waltz (R-FL), former Navy SEAL Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX), and Marine veteran Rep. Mike Gallagher — all veterans of the post-9/11 wars, launched a new initiative on Wednesday to recruit more Republican veterans to Congress.
“We need more veterans in Congress. We have gone from a record high in the 1980s, hovering around 80 percent of veterans in the House of Representatives and the Senate to a record low in our nation’s history today, hovering between 15 and 18 percent. That number is unacceptable,” Waltz said. “We are looking to change that.”
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Waltz said it was important to get more veterans in Congress due to the ethos of service that they bring. “On the ship, on the plane, in the fox hole, it’s not about race, religion, socio-economic background, it’s about getting the mission done, and accomplishing that mission for your country.”
“Our call, and our call to action is, if you’re a serious candidate who’s ready to continue serving your country…roll up your sleeves, get in the arena, come here and serve side-by-side with us and continue to serve,” he said.
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Crenshaw said when he was injured in 2012, he never thought about getting out of the military. “This was my way to serve and that’s what I wanted to do. I was very stubborn like that.” He said he fought to stay in the military for a long time, until his commandant sat him down and said, “Listen, this is not the only way you can serve the SEAL teams.”
“I didn’t quite believe that at the time. Of course, he ended up being exactly right,” he said.
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“We need you to get engaged. It is a critical time for this country so please reach out to us,” Gallagher said.
The initiative is backed by the War Veterans Fund and will...
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