Veterans

HOUSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE COMPLETES CONSIDERATION OF 2023 DEFENSE BILL

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Washington, D.C. – Rep. Don Bacon (NE-02), member of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC), voted Thursday morning in favor of advancing H.R. 7900, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2023. The bill was reported out of committee by a vote of 57 – 1. This annual legislation, which contains multiple amendments and provisions authored by Bacon, authorizes defense sp...

BACON’S BILL TO HONOR PETTY OFFICER FRENCH SIGNED INTO LAW

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Washington, D.C. – Rep. Don Bacon (NE-02) announced today that his bill, H.R. 4168, was signed into law. This legislation will name the U.S. Post Office in Omaha’s Benson area, 6223 Maple St., after Petty Officer First Class Charles Jackson French. A World War II hero with ties to Omaha, he rescued fifteen of his injured shipmates by swimming for hours pulling a life raft to safety through shark-i...

Collins’ Federal Firefighters Fairness Act headed to full Senate for action

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The U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on May 25 advanced a bipartisan bill introduced by U.S. Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) that would provide federal workers’ compensation to firefighters who contract certain illnesses as a result of their service. The full chamber will now consider the Federal Firefighters Fairness Act, S. 1116, which Sen. Collins introduced in April 2...

Senate Passes Bill Naming Benson Post Office After Nebraska WWII Hero

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OMAHA — Nearly 80 years after Charles Jackson French saved 15 fellow sailors’ lives, the U.S. Senate voted Thursday to put his name on a local post office. President Joe Biden has 10 days to sign the bill. Japanese forces had just attacked the USS Gregory on Sept. 5, 1942. The ship was sinking, and 15 injured sailors were stranded. Petty Officer 1st Class French tied on a rope, jumped into the oce...

Memorial Day: Honor the fallen by caring for those they leave behind

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Memorial Day is one of the most sacred days of the year for our nation — and for me personally. As I reflect upon those our country has lost and those brave warriors whom I personally knew, I am reminded of the importance of not only honoring and remembering their service and sacrifice, but honoring them through action, by caring for the families they leave behind. This is not only the right thing...

Omaha Memorial Day Celebration pays tribute to fallen veterans

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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - All across the country Monday, people pause to remember those who gave their lives to preserve the freedoms we all enjoy in this country. Memorial Day ceremonies to honor the fallen have become a tradition. Paying tribute to those brave men and women at Memorial Park is a tradition here in Omaha. “This freedom did not just magically occur, it was paid for by the lives of 1,208...

'This freedom did not just magically occur': Omaha residents celebrate Memorial Day

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OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Hundreds came to Memorial Park to solemnly remember the over one million American soldiers who gave everything to preserve the freedoms we have today. "This freedom did not just magically occur. It was paid for,” said Rep. Don Bacon. That includes Marine Corporal Daegan Page, an Omaha native, who was killed last August by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan. Read the full story he...

Senate Passes Bill to Name Omaha Post Office After WWII Hero

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On September 5th, 1942, Charles Jackson French of Omaha saved 15 injured Navy sailors after their ship, the USS Gregory, had been attacked by the Japanese Navy. Towing 15 of his fellow sailors in a life raft, French swam for more than 6 hours through shark-infested waters to get the men to safety. Many contend that, because he was a Black sailor during World War Two, he never got the kind of recog...

BACON, FISCHER BILL TO HONOR PETTY OFFICER FRENCH UNANIMOUSLY PASSES SENATE

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Washington, D.C. – Rep. Don Bacon (NE-02) announced today that his bill H.R. 4168, passed the Senate by Unanimous Consent. This legislation will name the U.S. Post Office in Omaha’s Benson area, 6223 Maple St., after Petty Officer First Class Charles Jackson French. A World War II hero with ties to Omaha, he rescued fifteen of his injured shipmates by swimming for hours pulling a life raft to safe...

Offutt-based lab could be in store for new $50 million facility

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After operating for nearly a decade in a temporary location at Offutt Air Force Base, a Defense Department laboratory that identifies the remains of missing U.S. military members could be in store for a new home near the base. Rep. Don Bacon, R-Neb., proposed an amendment to the House Armed Services Committee calling on the department to “accelerate planning for the construction and relocation” o...