ALBANY, GA—Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) was endorsed by a group of military veterans in Macon on Monday, October 29, 2012. This group of ‘Veterans for Bishop,’ bringing together veterans from Muscogee, Dougherty, Bibb and other counties, included Macon Mayor Robert Reichert and former Georgia Secretary of State and Commissioner of Labor, Lieutenant General (Ret.) David Poythress.
In his introduction of Congressman Bishop, Lt. Gen. Poythress said, “A leader is someone who gets things done, and Sanford Bishop gets things done in Washington.” Citing Congressman Bishop’s co-chairmanship of the Congressional Military Families Caucus with Republican Congresswoman Cathy McMorris-Rodgers of Washington, Lt. Gen. Poythress praised Congressman Bishop’s willingness to work across the aisle, setting politics aside in the interest of making needed progress to best serve those he represents.
Staff Sergeant (Ret.) Lonnie Miley, Macon City Council member and Commander of VFW Post 9709, also spoke in support of Congressman Bishop at the event. He noted that Congressman Bishop introduced and sponsored the Hiring Heroes Act, which was signed into law in November 2011.
“Congressman Bishop’s care and respect for military veterans shows in his work in Washington,” Miley said. “The Hiring Heroes Act provides training to help veterans into the civilian workforce, establishes tax credits for companies that hire unemployed veterans, and increases tax credits for companies that hire veterans with service-connected disabilities.”
Congressman Bishop reiterated one of his proudest accomplishments in Congress; securing funding for the new Martin Army Community Hospital at Fort Benning. He noted that he is working with leaders in the Department of Defense and Veterans Administration to establish a joint medical facility at that location to make needed health services accessible to both veterans and active duty service members, which will promote ease of access to care as well as efficient use of funds.
Congressman Bishop’s service on behalf of 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, the Order of Saint Maurice from the National Infantry Association, and he has been named a Congressional Champion for Veterans by the Circle of Friends for American Veterans organization. This October, Congressman Bishop was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the American Logistics Association, which ensures soldiers and veterans have access to needed items through commissary and PX programs. The organization’s president, Pat Nixon, has called Congressman Bishop “a supporter of robust job creation, especially for military families and veterans.”
Congressman Bishop regularly meets with the leaders of veterans’ service organizations in Washington, D.C., to confer with them on issues affecting the veteran community as well as learning about the needs of service members today.