For Country Caucus Intensifies Push for Global War on Terror Memorial, Seeks President Biden's Support

The bipartisan Coalition of veterans moves to advance Global War on Terror Memorial ahead of 20th Anniversary of 9/11

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Washington, August 9, 2021 | Nick Zeller | comments

WASHINGTON - The 25-member For Country Caucus, a nonpartisan group of congressional veterans committed to national service and working across party lines, sent a letter to President Biden today seeking a meeting on and his direct support for legislation to authorize construction of a Global War on Terror memorial on the National Mall.

The lawmakers are working to pass the Global War on Terrorism Memorial Location Act, legislation led by two For Country Caucus members, Army veteran Congressman Jason Crow (D-CO) and Marine Corps veteran Congressman Mike Gallagher (R-WI), in the House. Passage of the bill is the final step needed to authorize construction of the memorial in the National Reserve.

 “As the United States withdraws troops from Afghanistan, it is more urgent than ever that we offer our nation’s veterans, servicemembers, and their families a place to heal and reflect,” the For Country Caucus members wrote. “It is equally important that we offer Americans a place to better understand the multiple generations of service members who have served our country during this conflict.”

The Global War on Terrorism Memorial Location Act has 179 House and Senate cosponsors. Although it was first introduced in 2019 and reintroduced this February, the bill has not yet been scheduled for a hearing in the House Natural Resources Committee. The For Country members are hoping to use a meeting with the president to enlist his direct support of the effort and make progress ahead of the 20th anniversary of 9/11.

“As you know, this year marks the 20th anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001. As we prepare to observe that somber milestone and remember the nearly three thousand lives taken that fateful day, we also honor the more than 2.7 million men and women who have voluntarily served in the United States Armed Forces over the past two decades of conflict and sacrifice in the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT),” continued the For Country Caucus members. “On behalf of those still fighting violent extremism around the world, our fellow veterans, military families, and supporters we, twenty-five military veterans who comprise the For Country Caucus, request a meeting with you to discuss the vital importance of H.R. 1115and S. 535, the Global War on Terrorism Memorial Location Act.”

Read the letter in full here.

The For Country Caucus was created in 2019 to bring together military veterans who are serving in Congress on both sides of the aisle, and who are committed to courage, integrity, and civility in public service. Since then, the caucus has helped to pass more than 15 bills into law, including legislation to:

  • Repeal the widow’s tax;
  • Enhance childcare for Gold Star families;
  • Provide grants to assist homeless veterans; and
  • Create a “bill of rights” for military tenants.

You can learn more about the For Country Caucus on the caucus website here.

The For Country Caucus is a group of principled military veterans in Congress who strive to create a government that is less polarized, more efficient, and is trusted by Americans. Together, they share a vision of a Congress that is strategic in purpose, focused in action, and dedicated to putting their country first.

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