[Rep. McKeon] – U.S. Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon accepted the Veterans of Foreign Wars 2012 Congressional Award on Tuesday. The VFW presented the award to McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, for his outstanding service to the nation’s military and to a strong and secure America.
“The chairman fights to strengthen our military and to invest in a force that can meet and beat any threat,” said VFW National Commander Richard L. DeNoyer. “He also led efforts to keep terrorist detainees off of U.S. soil, increased missile defense funding, restored the tradition of keeping nondefense social issues out of the defense bill, and is a leading voice to keep the military intact in this budget-cutting era. Our military and veterans’ communities of past and present have no better friend in Congress than Chairman McKeon. A secure America needs a strong military, which is one of many reasons why Chairman McKeon was selected for this year’s award.”
“This award is a tremendous honor,” said Congressman McKeon. “I believe it is my job as Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, to fight for policies that honor and respect our troops both current and past. Our brave men and women in uniform are true heroes, and to serve them is humbling. Our heroes deserve nothing but the utmost appreciation, and this must not end when they come home. We must ensure that we keep the promises made to our troops, veterans and their families. I passionately believe in a strong America, and to be awarded an honor by those who have fought for our country is beyond compare.”
The award presentation is part of the VFW’s annual legislative conference that will see almost 300 VFW members visiting their elected officials to discuss issues important to the veterans, service members and their families. The VFW’s topmost priorities this year are to protect the Department of Veterans Affairs budget from mandatory cuts under sequestration, and to defeat the Defense Department’s negative quality of life proposals that would restrict military pay, substantially increase TRICARE costs on military dependents and retirees, and overhaul a military retirement system into something more suitable for civilian companies.