House Armed Services Committee Chairman, Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Endorse Forbes
"His continued leadership on the Armed Services Committee is valuable not only to the Second District, but also to the national security of the entire country."
Contact: Hailey Sadler, Communications Director, (757) 692-2108
Virginia Beach, VA -- Today, Congressman Randy Forbes announced the endorsement of Congressman Mac Thornberry, Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee and Congressman Jeff Miller, Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs. These two individuals are in charge of the two Congressional committees in the House of Representatives that have the most direct impact on our servicemembers and Armed Forces. As Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Thornberry is responsible for legislation that governs the Department of Defense and our military services. As Chairman of the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, Miller oversees the majority of legislation that touches the lives of American veterans -- their jobs, medical care, benefits, and homes.
Here is what they have to say about Congressman Forbes' leadership in Washington:
Chairman Mac Thornberry, House Armed Services Committee: "Congressman Forbes has demonstrated a commanding knowledge of the threats our nation faces, and has put forward serious solutions to keep our country free and safe. The depth of his understanding and expertise on defense issues, as well as his experience fighting on behalf of our Armed Forces, make him a forceful leader on our Committee. As Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, I feel there is no one more qualified to serve Hampton Roads and protect the military assets unique to that region than Randy Forbes."
Chairman Jeff Miller, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs: "I've known Randy for over a decade and I can say with confidence that the veterans who have served this country can have no more effective advocate in Congress than Randy Forbes. He's the type of a leader who will stand up and fight for what is right, even if that means standing alone. His work protecting commissaries for military families, pushing for better medical care for our heroes, and supporting legislation to help with veteran homelessness and joblessness has been enormously valuable for veterans in Virginia as well as across the country. Our veterans need leaders of action in character -- our veterans need Randy Forbes in Congress."Forbes is one of the most senior members of the House Armed Services Committee and currently chairs the Subcommittee that oversees key Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force programs that represent a major lifeblood of the Hampton Roads economy. He has been awarded the highest civilian honors by both the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy for his work on behalf of the military. He has also been awarded the Virginia Council of Chapters of the Military Officers Association of America "Legislator of the Year" Award, AMVETS Silver Helmet Award, and the Reserve Officers Association's President's Award for his steadfast defense of our veterans and servicemembers.
Congressman Forbes has been endorsed by 7 Former Secretaries of the Navy, some of America's retired Navy SEAL Commanders, who collectively led 7 SEAL teams, and over 50 retired military officers from across the region. Additionally, more than 120 of the region's top executives and business leaders have lined up to support Randy Forbes, as well as over 40 elected government officials across the Second District at the local, state, and national levels -- including Congressman Scott Rigell (VA02) and Congressman Rob Wittman (VA01).
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