While serving on Capitol Hill, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) has used his military experience to serve at the southern border — and now, he’s honoring service members during Military Appreciation Month.
Kinzinger served in the U.S. Air Force in the Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom and has been honored with the Air Force Airman’s Medal for saving the life of a woman who was attacked.
While he’s continued serving in Congress, he never put aside his military experience, as in February, he deployed for the fourth time to the U.S.-Mexico border with the National Guard to fight to “make our national security stronger, our border more secure, and our communities safer,” as IJR Red previously reported.
In The Washington Examiner op-ed published Thursday, Kinzinger recognized what it means to truly appreciate those who serve for the country.
Kinzinger, a lieutenant colonel in the Air National Guard, noted that while serving as a congress member, he works to ensure no veteran is left behind and receives the proper care.
While noting the largest pay raise in the past nine years through the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, Kinzinger also expressed his gratitude to service members:
“Our men and women in uniform, and their families, sacrifice everything so that we here at home can have anything. From enlistment to retirement and everything in between, we must be there for our troops.”
The Republican congressman said the Veterans’ Choice Act of 2014 and the VA Mission Act have helped with improving health care for veterans and improving facilities.
“In Congress, we’ve passed legislation to allocate grants to homeless veterans and put greater attention on the mental health struggles facing so many in our communities,” he added.
The Republican lawmaker said the situation surrounding military members returning home and finding a sense of purpose can be addressed by finding ways to ensure “skills learned in the military are translatable to civilian jobs,” as well as breaking down qualification barriers in application processes.
“As a nation, we owe a debt of gratitude to our veterans and their families. We need to be there for the men and women who put their lives on the line, while on active duty and when they return home. “
As Kinzinger said, military appreciation can be shown “by leaving no one behind, no matter what.”