WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell announced Wednesday that he has cosponsored bipartisan legislation that would better reflect the service and sacrifice of women in the military by updating the federal charter for the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) of the United States.
Senator McConnell was the first Republican to cosponsor the bill, S.2782. “I am very pleased to work with my Senate colleagues and Kentucky’s VFW leaders in an effort to update the VFW’s Federal charter for our nation’s women veterans. It is an honor to represent Kentucky’s heroes and I remain committed to efforts to better serve the men and women who served in our military, such as pushing the VA to reduce its claims backlog, by supporting the recent VA reform legislation, and by cosponsoring legislation that recently passed Congress to increase COLA disability benefits for our veterans and their survivors,” said Senator McConnell.
“We greatly appreciate Senator McConnell being the first Republican Senate cosponsor of this important bill to update the VFW charter to more accurately honor the role of women veterans and servicemembers. Senator McConnell’s commitment to Kentucky’s veterans is unrivaled and we have no better friend in Washington,” said Brian J. Duffy of Louisville, VFW National Junior Vice Commander-in-Chief.
Senator McConnell has long been a leader in Congress for Kentucky veterans. He has been a vigorous advocate for Kentucky’s servicemembers and military families and has supported numerous pieces of legislation important to Kentucky’s veterans. Earlier this year, Senator McConnell delivered remarks on the Senate floor honoring Kentuckian Martha J. Cassity<> for her military service to our nation and congratulated her on becoming the first woman State Commander of the Kentucky VFW.