Military and Veterans
Americans unite around our respect for the men and women in uniform who keep us safe and free. Our respect and gratitude do not end when these heroes conclude their military service. These men and women have protected our families and our way of life, and we owe them a lifetime of gratitude. I am committed to making sure that the security of our homeland and the welfare of our troops and veterans remain a top priority in Washington. Ensuring that the United States has the ability to build and maintain a strong national defense is one of Congress’ most important duties. To achieve that, we must be clear-eyed about the threats America faces and about what is required to overcome those challenges and defeat our enemies. Congress must also work together to ensure that our military members, both current and former, receive the recognition they deserve and the benefits they have earned.
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“I’m of the belief that when Congress is not in session, America is safer.”
That quip from Rep. Scott Tipton (R-Colo.) drew some laughter from Pueblo West High School juniors and seniors during his visit to the school Wednesday, one of his stops in a week away from Washington, D.C., spending time in his congressional district that stretches from Pueblo County through southern Colorado and up to Grand Junction.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following the withdrawal of U.S. military personnel from Syria, Rep. Scott Tipton (CO-03) released the following statement:
September is a perfect month to reflect on the sacrifices of military servicemembers. Earlier this month, we remembered the tragedy that struck our nation 18 years ago when radical terrorists attacked our great nation. The loss of nearly 3,000 civilians in one day took a crushing toll on our society and forever shaped our history. As a result of that act of war, we have continuously fought this enemy for nearly two decades, presenting us with a challenge: caring for a new generation of veterans.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation honoring veterans. One bill awards Merchant Marines who served in World War II with a Congressional Gold Medal—one of the nation’s highest awards authorized by Congress— and another the other establishes a commemorative coin for the Purple Heart Hall of Honor in New Winsor, New York. Representative Scott Tipton (CO-03), a co-sponsor of both bills, praised their passage.
“What is it... something in the water out there in Pueblo? All you guys turned out to be heroes.” These words, now recognizable by anyone who has visited the Medal of Honor Memorial in Downtown Pueblo, were spoken by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1953 when he presented the Medal of Honor to a Pueblo resident, U.S. Marine Corps Cpt. Raymond G. “Jerry” Murphy.
Most Americans vividly remember the morning of September 11, 2001, like it was yesterday. With the memory of that day still raw for so many, and the impacts of it that continue to change the world, it is hard to believe that already we now have an entire generation of Americans who had not yet been born when the attacks occurred. Eighteen years ago, our nation watched in horror as radical terrorists attacked us on our own soil, killing thousands of innocent people and forever changing the course of history.
File this one under the category of “it’s never too late to do the right thing.” That’s the message U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton is sending to the people who run the National Medal of Honor Museum.
The museum is planning to relocate and has narrowed its list of finalists to two cities, Denver and Arlington, Texas. But the 3rd District Republican recently sent out a letter to Joe Daniels, the museum’s chief executive officer, urging that Pueblo be selected as the institution’s new home instead.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, Representative Scott Tipton (CO-03) sent a letter to the National Medal of Honor Museum requesting that Pueblo, Colorado, receive consideration as the site for the museum’s new location. Pueblo, nicknamed “Home of Heroes,” is the hometown of four Congressional Medal of Honor recipients and the ideal location for the museum. Tipton’s letter reads in part:
COLORADO SPRINGS — The deadline is approaching to submit applications for Service Academy nominations.
Members of Congress have the privilege of nominating candidates for appointment to the U.S. Service Academies: The U.S. Military Academy, West Point, NY; The U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD; the U.S. Air Force Academy; and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, NY.
The U.S. House passed a $733 billion defense spending bill 220-197 without one single Republican vote. The bill is $17 billion dollars less than a Senate version of the bill that passed last month.