CHARLOTTE, NC – With Honor Action – a cross-partisan movement dedicated to promoting and advancing principled veteran leadership in order to reduce polarization – released the following statement on legislation introduced by the leadership of the bi-partisan, Member-led For Country Caucus based on The National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service’s report to Congress. For Country Caucus’ leadership introduced HR 6415 with the goal “to build on America’s spirit of service to nurture, promote, and expand a culture of service to secure the Nation’s future, address critical needs of the Nation, and strengthen the civic fabric of American society.” This legislation will expand service programs for those who want to serve our country, heal political divisions, and make America a stronger nation. National service plays a vital role in both our nation’s response to the COVID-19 crisis and our recovery in the months to come.
“I applaud military veteran Members of Congress and Dr. JosephHeck, Chairman of the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service, for working together during this tough time,” said Rye Barcott, With Honor Action CEO and Marine Corps Veteran. “Principled service to our country is the core of With Honor Action’s values and our nation is strengthened when Americans take significant time to serve in uniform or through national and public service opportunities.”
The American public agrees that more service opportunities are needed to support disaster relief. Nearly two-thirds of voters favor increasing federal government spending to increase national service opportunities, according to anational pollcommissioned by With Honor Action. In addition, 58 percent of voters say having a bigger national service program would help America heal deep political divisions. It is important to note that this poll was conducted in November 2019, before any reports of the COVID-19 outbreak.
With Honor Action is a cross-partisan movement focused on supporting military veterans who want to work across the aisle and put principles before politics while serving again in Congress. With Honor Action’s advisory board includes post-9/11 veterans and Gold Star family members — Chris Howard, Ryan Manion, and Medal of Honor Recipient Florent Groberg — as well as prominent American leaders such as Secretary George Shultz, Secretary Robert Gates, Admiral Michael Mullen, Michèle Flournoy, and David Gergen.
With Honor Action is a 501(c)(4), which serves as the organization’s policy and social-welfare arm. With Honor has an affiliated federally registered “super PAC” called With Honor Fund.