Chambliss wins Truman Award.

Here’s this from a Chambliss Press Release I received via email:

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Co-Chairman of the Senate Reserve Caucus, and a member of the Senate National Guard Caucus, is the 2008 recipient of the National Guard Association’s distinguished Harry S. Truman Award. The award is the association’s highest honor and is given to civilian and military leaders who demonstrate continued contributions to national defense and security. Chambliss will receive the award during the organization’s 130th General Conference Monday evening in Baltimore, Maryland, in recognition of his support for National Guard issues and priorities, and in particular for two pieces of legislation he has championed in the U.S. Senate to benefit members of the National Guard and Reserve.

Senator Chambliss introduced legislation, the “National Guard and Reserve Retirement Modernization Act,” in April, 2007, to reduce the age for receipt of retirement pay by three months (counting down from age 60) for every 90 days a Guard or Reserve member spends on active duty in support of a contingency operation. The legislation passed the Senate and was signed into law by President Bush. National Guard and Reserve members are the only federal retirees who must wait until age 60 to collect retirement pay. Senator Chambliss has also introduced legislation to make this provision retroactive to include any duty performed since September 11, 2001.

Additionally, last year the Senate passed legislation Senator Chambliss introduced with several of his colleagues to create a reintegration program for National Guard personnel returning from combat. The program, the “Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program,” which is modeled after the Minnesota National Guard’s “Beyond the Yellow Ribbon” program, focuses on support for soldiers and their families during each of the four phases of their deployment cycle including pre-deployment, deployment, demobilization, and post-deployment. The program includes family and marriage counseling, PTSD screening, financial planning and education, small business planning, community outreach, and healthcare and veterans benefits education. It also requires reintegration activity seminars 30, 60, and 90 days after soldiers return home to assist returning troops and their families with specific challenges presented by the reintegration process. Chambliss is working to ensure that the Department of Defense properly funds the Yellow Ribbon program and provides a national certified program for our states to easily adopt and overcome current deployment and reintegration shortfalls.

“In this era of new threats, our Guardsmen and women are being called upon more and more, away from their families and their civilian employment for extended periods of time to defend and protect our nation,” said Chambliss. “If we’re going to continue to call on them, we need to take action to show that we stand behind them and appreciate the tough challenges they face. I am humbled to receive this award, and I will accept it on behalf of our courageous citizen soldiers and their families in Georgia and around the country, and I pledge that I will continue to work with the Armed Services Committee and my colleagues in the Senate to address their needs.”

“Senator Chambliss’ work on Guard issues reflects his longstanding commitment and concentrated focus on the readiness, morale and welfare of military forces and their families,” said retired Brig. Gen. Stephen M. Koper, NGAUS president. “His values are totally consistent with all of us who call ourselves citizen-solders. He, too, has chosen to serve our nation in an honorable and sacrificial way.”


  1. GOPGrassroots says:

    It’s curious that Jim Martin keeps trying to attack Saxby on Veterans issues. If I’m not mistaken, this award from the National Guard means that Saxby has now been awarded the highest award a civilian can earn from each branch of our Armed Forces.

    I also saw another release today stating that Saxby had been endorsed by Vets for Freedom.

    Facts speak louder than political smear attacks.

  2. johnmartinforafreegeorgia says:

    Would this be the release? It was forwarded to me by a friend who is a veteran.


    ‘Vets for Freedom’ Endorse Saxby’s Re-Election

    ATLANTA—U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) today was joined by over 70 Georgia veterans for the announcement of the ‘Veterans for Saxby’ coalition. Veterans from all over the state have pledged to endorse Senator Chambliss in the Senate race this year. Also today, the national organization Vets for Freedom announced their endorsement of Saxby’s re-election. Vets for Freedom is a non-partisan organization established by combat veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and is the largest of its kind in America.

    “I am honored to be supported by so many of our nation’s heroes,” Saxby said. “The brave men and women who make up our armed forces and those who have served in past conflicts deserve our support and our thanks. I am humbled and grateful to have their endorsement, and I will continue to fight for them in Washington.”

    Saxby has worked on behalf of veterans and our military service members throughout his entire political career. He has traveled to Iraq six times and understands the challenges our men and women in uniform face. In 2007, Saxby introduced the Wounded Warrior Act to ensure the medical needs of wounded servicemen and women are properly met and that bureaucracy does not interfere with their progress. Components of the bill were included in the 2008 National Defense Authorization Act that was signed into law. Working with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Saxby pushed to get new community based outpatient clinics in Georgia. Saxby is a cosponsor of the Enhancement of Recruitment, Retention and Readjustment Through Education Act to expand the Montgomery G.I. Bill to enhance education benefits for veterans and service members. He cosponsored legislation to combat homelessness among veterans and introduced legislation to enhance oversight of housing privatization projects. And to ensure that our fallen heroes receive the honorable burial they have earned, Saxby introduced legislation prohibiting protestors from disturbing military funerals.

    Saxby is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Co-Chairman of the Senate Reserve Caucus, member of the National Guard Caucus, recipient of the Arthur T. Marix Congressional Leadership Award by the Military Officers Association of America, and recipient of the Harry S. Truman Award for Distinguished Service in Support of National Defense.

    The event today was hosted by Tommy Clack, Coordinator and Captain, U.S. Army Retired; John Sours, Veterans for McCain State Chairman, former Chairman of Atlanta Vietnam Veterans Business Association; Ted Daywalt, CEO VetJobs, Captain, U.S. Navy Retired; and Tim Kinnan, Lieutenant General, U.S. Air Force Retired.

    Attending today’s coalition kickoff were veterans who had served in the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Coast Guard, National Guard and Reserves. Organizations represented included Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Vietnam Veterans of America, Atlanta Vietnam Veterans Business Association, Reserve Officers Association, Military Officers Association of America, Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, Georgia Vietnam Veterans Alliance, Navy League, Sea Cadets, Air Force Sergeants Association, Navy Reserve Association, and the Association of the U. S. Army. Veterans from local church organizations also attended today’s kickoff as well as members of such groups as VetJobs.

    Saxby is seeking re-election for his second term in the United States Senate. His re-election has been endorsed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 180 Georgia County Commissioners, 190 city officials, 239 law enforcement officers, over 100 Georgia Democrats, and now Georgia Veterans. He is the Ranking Republican Member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry and a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and the Senate Rules Committee. Senator Chambliss previously represented Georgia’s 8th congressional district for four terms in the U.S. House of Representatives where he served as the Chairman of the House Intelligence Subcommittee on Terrorism and Homeland Security.

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