Global Veterans & Military Families Caucus



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    Month of the Military Child


    The Veterans and Military Families Caucus is made up of DA members from around the world who are willing and able to advocate on issues important to the veterans and their families within the United States of America and those living abroad. The Caucus welcomes any DA member. 

    VMF2021-1.jpgDemocrats Abroad (DA) honors the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces; their service deserves our deepest gratitude and respect. Government policies must reflect the interests of those who are serving and those who have served, including their families. This caucus will work within DA to achieve this.

    We share and adhere to the principles and demands expressed in the platforms of both the Democratic Party and DA regarding veterans, active military and their families abroad.

    We recognize and appreciate that all of the various groups, ethnicities, persuasions, identities, and beliefs that make up American society are present in our military; we share issues and concerns in common with the other DA caucuses. Discrimination has no place in the military and its ancillary organizations, nor the Veterans and Military Families Caucus.

    The members of our armed forces, their families, and our caucus reflect the diversity of race, gender, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, color, ethnicity, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, and ability that make up American society. Discrimination, intolerance, hate speech, and bigotry have no place in the United States Armed Forces, Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs, or our caucus.

    GOALS

    Reach out to veterans, active duty and reserve military members as well as their dependents living abroad to encourage them to register to vote and to engage them in advocacy for our policy positions;

    Provide a forum for DA members to understand better the issues and concerns affecting our military forces, veterans, and their families outside of the United States;

    ACTIONS

    VMF2021-2.jpg Provide support for visits to wounded/recovering warriors and caregivers at overseas U.S. military hospitals in conjunction with like-minded external organizations;

    Exchange information and concerns with other DA caucuses and interest groups regarding relevant issues and shared concerns to ensure that as they impact veterans and military families, they are communicated among the broader DA community for a successful joint response;

    Organize participation in Memorial Day and Veterans Day ceremonies at U.S. landmarks abroad such as military cemeteries, battle sites, and places of historical U.S. military significance;

    Facilitate get-out-the-vote (GOTV) efforts for veterans and military families; also develop sensible and sensitive strategies for encouraging active service members at U.S. overseas military bases to vote;

    Establish and maintain contact with other American political organizations to find areas of joint concern regarding U.S. veterans and military dependents;

    Always strive to improve the DA Platform and organize advocacy efforts towards U.S. law and policymakers for issues pertinent to veterans, active military, and their families living abroad;

    RESPONSIBILITIES

    ORGANIZATION

    Please feel free to contact the Veterans and Military Families Caucus: [email protected] 

     

    DA Global Veterans & Military Families Caucus Leadership:

    Bob Gould
    | Co-Chair, Global Veterans and Military Families Caucus, GOTV Military Coordinator; Chair, DA UK Political Book Club
    Erin Watson
    | Chairperson, DAROK, Co-Chair Global Veterans and Military Families Caucus
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    News

    Medal of Honor Monday: Navy Corpsman Richard D. DeWert

    April 5, 2021  | By Katie Lange, DoD News
     
    Know Your Military
     
    “Of the millions who have served the nation, more than 3,500 men and one woman have received its highest award for valor. Medal of Honor Monday highlights a different service member from this elite group each week.”
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    A Proclamation on National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day, 2021

    •WHITE HOUSE   PRESIDENTIAL ACTIONS

    Enduring with limitless dignity and determination, these former prisoners of war are a powerful reminder that their indomitable spirit could not be broken, even by brutal treatment in contravention of international law and morality.  Despite the terrible suffering inflicted upon them by their captors in harsh prisons and camps in Europe and Asia, American prisoners of war steadfastly demonstrated their devotion to duty, honor, and country.

    On this day and every day, let us honor all who have borne the hardships of captivity in service to our Nation, remember the brave men and women who were held as prisoners in foreign lands during our Nation’s past conflicts, and recognize those at home who anxiously awaited their loved ones’ return.  Their faith in God, love of family, and trust in our Nation are an inspiration to all Americans, and we will always remember their sacrifices. 

    NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim April 9, 2021, as National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day.  I call upon all Americans to observe this day by honoring the service and sacrifice of all former prisoners of war as our Nation expresses its eternal gratitude for their sacrifice.  I also call upon Federal, State, and local government officials and organizations to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

    IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this ninth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty-one, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fifth.

                                 JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR.

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    Upcoming Events

    Sunday, April 11, 2021 at 03:30 AM Eastern Time (US & Canada) · 51 rsvps
    WebEx

    Legislative Pulse: Using Billtrack50 to Follow Legislation

    On Sunday the 11th of April Karen Suhaka of the DAUK West Midlands Regional Group will share how to take action on the political issues you care about most.

    Join us to hear directly from Karen, founder and catalyst of Billtrack50, who’s worked on American legislative state and federal data management for many years.  She has been most generous in giving DA a free subscription to billtrack50.com to research our key policy areas and develop plans to reach legislators and make policy become a reality. 

    Karen will walk through the basic steps as a bill goes through to become law, talk about how bills are numbered to help you figure who to call, when states are in session so you know when you can call, provide resources to look up who your representatives and their staff are, and help you figure out what’s the best action to take. 

    This event is sponsored by the  Hispanic, Asian American & Pacific Islander, Global Black, LGBTQ+, ProDA, Veterans & Military Families Caucuses, the Taxation Task Force, and the Texans Abroad Squad. All members of DA are invited to join our caucuses, taskforces, and teams and attend our events.

    Global Hispanic Caucus <[email protected]>
    Asian American & Pacific Islander Caucus [email protected]
    Global Black Caucus [email protected]
    Global LGBT Caucus <[email protected]>
    Progressive Caucus <[email protected]>
    Veterans & Military Families Caucus [email protected]

    Taxation Taskforce <[email protected]>
    Texans Abroad Squad <[email protected]

    Monday, April 12, 2021 at 07:30 AM Time · 13 rsvps
    Zoom - ONLINE EVENT in Online, DC

    "The Indomitable Florence Finch": An interview with author and former Congressman Robert J. Mrazek

    The Asian American and Pacific Islander Caucus and the Veterans and Military Families Caucus invite you to an interview with former Congressman Robert J. Mrazek about his book: the story of Florence Finch, the Americans she helped, and what her life was like when she came to the United States.

    In 1942, the Japanese Empire defeated American and Filipino forces during the Second World War. One woman who was determined to resist the occupation was Florence Finch: born to an American father and a Filipina mother, and widow of an American naval officer killed early in the Second World War, Finch brought necessary supplies to American POWs and worked to help others in the resistance.

    Florence Finch is the subject of The Indomitable Florence Finch: The Untold Story of a War Widow Turned Resistance Fighter and Savior of American POWs by Congressman Robert J. Mrazek and published by Hachette Books in 2020.

    Congressman Robert J. Mrazek represented New York’s 3rd District from 1983 to 1993. During his time as Congressman, he helped author several laws including the Amerasian Homecoming Act, which provided a path for the children of American servicemen in Vietnam to come to the United States; the Tongass Timber Reform Act, which protected Alaska’s largest forest; and the National Film Preservation Act, which established the National Film Registry in the Library of Congress.

    After retiring from Congress, Congressman Mrazek became an author, writing seven novels, four works of nonfiction, and one screenplay.

    This event starts at:

    9:00pm Adelaide Australia
    8:30pm Seoul, Korea
    7:30pm Hong Kong
    5:00pm  Mumbai
    1:30pm Berlin, Germany
    7:30am  DC (EDT)

     

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