Veterans

Nebraska reps seek to name Benson post office for Black Omaha WWII hero

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An African American sailor from Omaha hailed as a hero during World War II for swimming through shark-infested waters to rescue his wounded shipmates could get a local post office named in his honor. Nebraska Reps. Don Bacon, Jeff Fortenberry and Adrian Smith have co-sponsored a bill — H.R. 4168 — to rename Omaha’s Benson-area post office in honor of Petty Officer 1st Class Charles Jackson French,...

New effort seeks to honor Omaha WWII hero

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A U.S. House resolution introduced by all three Nebraska congressmen seeks to honor Charles Jackson French by naming the Benson post office for the man who rescued 15 injured shipmates during World War II. French, a First Class Petty Officer, swam for nearly eight hours through shark-infested waters off Guadalcanal towing a life raft to save the sailors from a sinking ship. As KETV NewsWatch 7 has...

Bacon Submits Legislation to Name Benson Post Office After Charles Jackson French

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Washington, DC -On Friday, Rep. Don Bacon (NE - 02) and Reps. Jeff Fortenberry (NE-01) and Adrian Smith (NE-03) introduced H.R. 4168 to 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, who rescued fifteen of his injured shipmates by swimming for hours through shark-infested waters off ...

Omaha VA explores partnership for new care facility, including possibly UNMC's Project NExT

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It’s been less than a year since the Omaha VA opened a new outpatient care facility to serve the region’s veterans, built through a first-of-its-kind public-private partnership with Omaha philanthropists. Now the Omaha VA is exploring another public-private partnership to improve inpatient hospital and surgical facilities for veterans — with one possibility discussed being to include such a facil...

Midlands Voices: Yes, Congress can move past politics to work together

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Here is an example of how working together regardless of partisan politics serves Nebraska and was crucial to passing legislation important to Omaha and Nebraska. [...] We took the bipartisan Nebraska way to Congress and our community now has a new VA facility. Henry Cordes of The World-Herald recently reported that Rep. Don Bacon and Sen. Fischer have introduced a reauthorization of our CHIP-IN f...

Bacon speaks at memorial dedication

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Nearly 100 people attended an evening Memorial Day service at Papillion’s Veterans Park, presented by American Legion Post 32. The ceremony featured the dedication of a new obelisk memorial, honoring five special military heroes from Papillion. After a delay in production and transport, the obelisk arrived in mid-May in time for installation before the service. “No one celebrates Memorial Days an...

Leaders honor the fallen at Memorial Park

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OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — It was a morning to remember the 1,280,000 men and women who have died in service to the United States. Rep. Don Bacon shared stories of when he served, and had to tell families that their son and daughter would not be coming home. He described one interaction that was especially difficult. Read the full story here.

Nebraskans return to Memorial Park on Memorial Day

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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - After the pandemic canceled it last year, the annual ceremony returned to Memorial Park today. [...] During Monday’s ceremony, Nebraska Representative, Don Bacon agreed, sharing some of his experiences too. An emotional moment looking back on his time in the U.S. Air Force. ”I think of a mom and dad I had to go see for another incident where four Americans were killed. I didn’...

BACON, COLLEAGUES REINTRODUCE BIPARTISAN MILITARY SPOUSE HIRING ACT

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Washington, D.C. – Rep. Don Bacon (NE-02), along with Reps. Antonio Delgado (NY-19), Jimmy Panetta (CA-20), Don Beyer (VA-08), Mike Kelly (PA-16), and Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) reintroduced the Military Spouse Hiring Act, bipartisan legislation that incentivizes employers to hire spouses of members of the United States Armed Forces. Research from the Department of Defense and the Hiring Our H...

Bacon, Spanberger Reintroduce Michael Lecik Military Firefighters Protection Act to Recognize Long-Term Risks of Military Firefighting, Strengthen VA Benefits for Veteran Firefighters

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Reps. Don Bacon (R-NE-02) and Abigail Spanberger (D-VA-07) introduced l the Michael Lecik Military Firefighters Protection Act, which provides veteran firefighters with the fair compensation, healthcare, and retirement benefits they’ve earned through their service. The bipartisan legislation is named after Powhatan County, Virginia resident Michael Lecik, a former U.S. Air Force...