10.26.16

Sen. Peters Honors Military Servicemembers & Families On ‘Day of the Deployed’

WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a former Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve and a member of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, issued the following statement recognizing “Day of the Deployed,” which encourages Americans to pay tribute to the nation’s deployed servicemembers and their families.

 

“America’s men and women in uniform serve our country with courage and honor both at home and abroad, and we owe them a tremendous debt of gratitudeWhether it’s our active duty Armed Forces deploying to fight global terrorism, or the heroes of our Reserve and National Guard units who stand ready to leave their civilian lives and answer the call of duty at a moment’s notice, our servicemembers put their lives on the line to protect our country and preserve peace across the globe.

 

“Today, we also recognize the families who are left behind during a deployment. Too often, we overlook the spouses, children, parents and siblings who are left to fill the physical and emotional void all the while worrying every second for the safety of their loved. America’s military families provide the strength and support that allow our servicemen and women to execute their mission, and we are grateful for their sacrifice.”

 

Currently, more than 2 million people serve as members of the U.S. Armed Forces, including those in the active duty, Guard and Reserve Components, with several hundred thousand members deployed each year to 150 countries around the world.

 

Peters joined his colleagues in introducing the resolution to designate October 26th as “Day of the Deployed.” The full text of the resolution, which passed the Senate unanimously, is available here.

 

Senator Peters is a proud supporter of Michigan’s strong military tradition. Last year, Peters introduced bipartisan legislation to extend a tax credit for businesses that provide differential pay to National Guardsmen and Reservists, who are called to serve on active duty. This tax credit was permanently extended last year as part of a year-end tax bill.