AUSN

SPRING 2018

Navy magazine is distributed on Capitol Hill,the Pentagon and naval bases around the world. It provides information that impacts Sailors, their families and the Navy. Navy is published quarterly by the Association of the United States Navy (AUSN).

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and its veterans. e presentations were made during AUSN's 64th Annual Capitol Hill Reception, held at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center. "No government deserves to stay in power if that government does not keep its promises to those who have served in the field," Gohmert said. "We owe you honesty, we owe you a government that keeps its word when it comes to health care, and you've got lots of friends in Congress that will keep pushing to get you what you deserve, though you deserve more than we could provide." Cole noted during the event that it is AUSN's mission to advocate on behalf Sailors and veterans, ensuring that "we are also doing the best by them so that they're ready to go when we ask them to. ey're always ready, but we want to make sure that we give them what they need to be even more ready. We have a phrase in AUSN — protected, perfected and respected — and I think that's what we're going to see represented here tonight by our honorees." Serving his seventh term in the House, Gohmert represents the First District of Texas. An Army veteran, he championed veterans' issues during his work on the House Veterans Affairs Committee, co-sponsoring the Veterans Transplant Coverage Act of 2016, the VA Accountability First and Appeals Modernization Act of 2016 and the Armed Services Always Paid Act (H.R. 2166), a measure he introduced in 2017 that would ensure members of the military get their paychecks on time in the event that Congress cannot pass a budget. He was first elected to the House in 2005. Duckworth was honored for her service, sacrifice and tireless work on behalf of the nation's veterans. An Iraq War veteran, Purple Heart recipient and former assistant secretary of the Depart- ment of Veterans Affairs, she was elected to the Senate in 2016 aer representing Illinois' Eighth Congressional District in the House of Representatives for two terms. She has served on several influential committees in both the House and Senate and has worked tirelessly on behalf of veterans. AUSN proudly acknowledged her most notable and recent efforts including the Clay Hunt SAV Act to help reduce veterans suicide and improve VA mental health services and the Troop Talent Act which helps returning veterans find jobs in the private sector. On March 1, she introduced a bill to amend Title 37 of the U.S. Code to exclude the receipt of basic allow- ance for housing for members of the armed forces in determining eligibility for certain federal benefits, and for other purposes. In April she became the first U.S. senator to give birth while in office. In presenting the award to Gohmert, LCDR David Bradley, USN (Ret.), AUSN national president, said, "rough your dedication to the men and women of our armed forces, you have given our 400,000 Sailors of the U.S. Navy a voice in a time when they were standing the watch. We applaud your ongoing commit- ment to bring change to the funding of our nation's Sailors and veterans." Compiled by Amy L. Wittman, Editor, Navy magazine, and Brian B. Bauman, Director of Membership and Marketing. Legislative Update 9 Association of the United States Navy JEFF MALLET LCDR David M. Bradley, USN (Ret.), national president of AUSN, presents the National Legislative Advocacy Award to U.S. Rep. Louis Gohmert during the organization's Annual Capitol Hill Reception, held at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center in Washington on March 15. Gohmert and Sen. Tammy Duckworth were honored for their exemplary leadership as champions of the U.S. Navy and its veterans.

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