03.05.21

Peters Visits with Michigan National Guardsmen Deployed to Protect the U.S. Capitol

WASHINGTON, DCU.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today released the following statement after joining Governor Whitmer in meeting and eating lunch with the Michigan National Guardsmen who have been deployed to Washington, DC to protect the U.S. Capitol:

“It was an honor to again thank the Michigan National Guard for their service in protecting the Capitol: the very symbol of our democracy. During my interactions with our Michigan Guardsmen throughout their deployment, they demonstrated their commitment and their call to service in stepping up for this mission. Their presence at the Capitol guaranteed that the work of the American people could continue uninterrupted.

“I remain outraged that our Guardsmen were being fed food that was undercooked, unsanitary and inadequate and – in some cases – even making them sick and in need of medical attention. Our Guardsmen deserve better. I have shared my concerns with National Guard leadership and Major General William Walker, Commanding General of the D.C. National Guard. I will continue pressing to ensure our Guardsmen have access to safe and adequate food — they have earned nothing less.

“I can’t thank our Michigan National Guardsmen enough for all they’ve done – not just during this deployment, but throughout the pandemic in distributing life-saving personal protective equipment, supporting vaccine distribution efforts and assisting in response during the catastrophic dam collapse in Midland County. Our state is forever indebted to them.”

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Senator Peters met today with members of the Michigan National Guard. For more photos, click here.

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