ALBANY, Ga.—On Saturday, October 6, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr., addressed the members and leadership of the Georgia Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars (LAVFW) at their annual Fall Conference in Macon. Mickey Rogers, president of the LAVFW, introduced Rep. Bishop to her members, saying that any time a veteran has needed help, Rep. Bishop has consistently been ready and willing to do anything he can. This view was repeated throughout the day.
“Congressman Bishop comes and meets with us personally, and he’s willing to sit and listen to us as long as we need,” said George Langford, a member of the national legislative committee for the VFW, which visits Washington, D.C., twice annually. “He is on our side and he’s on the right committees to look after us.”
Rep. Bishop spoke to the VFW and LAVFW groups about the committees he sits on that impact the lives of veterans. He is the ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Veterans Affairs and Military Construction, where he fights to ensure funding for research and treatment to aid wounded warriors. He sponsored the Hiring Heroes Act, which provides essential resources that help returning soldiers transition their skills and experience into the civilian workforce. As the Co-Chair of the Military Family Caucus, he works to protect the interests of the loved ones of our soldiers and veterans.
“I belong to you, and you belong to me—I take your needs to heart,” said Rep. Bishop to the group. “Throughout my public service in the Georgia State House of Representatives, State Senate, and United States Congress, I have been devoted to serving the needs of those who ensure our nation’s future and protect our freedoms through their own sacrifices,”
Decades of work for our armed forces have gained Congressman Bishop the respect and support of many military leaders, including retired Lt. General Carmen Cavezza, who said, “Congressman Bishop has been fighting for four decades in Atlanta and Washington, D.C., to ensure that the needs of military men and woman, veterans and military families are met in accordance with the respect due their service.”
Congressman Bishop’s service to our military men and women has been honored by many military agencies and associations, affording him awards including the Georgia Minute Man Award and the Charles Dick Medal of Merit from the National Guard Associations of Georgia and the United States and the Order of Saint Maurice from the National Infantry Association. He regularly briefs veterans service organizations at the Veterans Roundtable coordinated by the Democratic Leader in Washington, D.C., and was also named a Congressional Champion for Veterans by the Circle of Friends for American Veterans.