Don’t be surprised if our “war-time President” fails to acknowledge the impact that the coronavirus has had on our military. While some may think that this is an “old people” problem that has primarily hit people with weakened immune system, may not realize that our active military is not immune.
The Defense Department’s COVID-19 death toll jumped more than 18 percent this week, as five deaths brought the overall numbers to 32, according to data released Friday. In fact, Friday’s report indicated that 5,959 troops have been diagnosed with the virus … while the Navy has made some headlines from the USS Theodore Roosevelt and USS Kidd, the Army reports 1,295 cases, the Marine Corps have 517 cases, and the Air Force at 469.
Yes, the active military is a big number (at roughly 1.3 million), the 32 deaths out of well over 90,000 may seem small, yet let’s remember that New Zealand has 5 million people with just 1,503 cases and 21 deaths.
This Memorial Day will be like no other … and hopefully, next year’s remembrance will be lead by some new voices in Congress … and the good news is that there are quite a few accomplished military veterans for voters to consider.
Listed below are some veterans that want to further serve the country in Congress ( including the name of the current representative, campaign website and Twitter account)
FL18 Pam Keith former Navy JAG officer
Currently represented by Brian Mast
GA07 Zahra Karinshak retired Captain in the Air Force
Currently represented by Rob Woodall
HI02 Kai Kahele is an 18 year combat veteran pilot and commissioned officer in the Hawaii Air National Guard
Current Representative Tulsi Gabbard is retiring
IN01 Tom McDermott retired US Navy
Current Representative Peter Visclosky is retiring
KY06 Josh Hicks served as a Sergeant in the United States Marines
Currently represented by Andy Barr
MA04 Jake Auchincloss served as a captain in the United States Marines
Current Representative Joseph Kennedy is seeking a seat in the Senate
MN01 Dan Feehan served as an US Army Ranger and in the National Guard
Currently represented by Jim Hagedorn
NC11 Moe Davis is a retired Air Force Colonel
Former Representative Mark Meadows has resigned to join the Trump Administration
NY02 Retired Lieutenant Colonel Jackie Gordon had a 29-year career in the Armed Forces
Current Representative Peter King is retiring
NY24 Francis Conole is a U.S. Naval Academy graduate, Iraq War veteran, and former Defense Secretary Policy Advisor
Currently represented by John Katko
OH14 Hillary O’Connor Mueri is a former naval flight officer and Iraq war veteran
Currently represented by David Joyce
TX23 Gina Ortiz Jones is an Iraq War veteran, who served as a U.S. Air Force intelligence officer
Current Representative Will Hurd is retiring
TX24 Kim Olson is 25-year combat retired Air Force Colonel, who was among the first generation of female military pilots
Currently represented by Kenny Marchant
If you got a few minutes why not tweet a message of appreciation and support to the next generation of leaders who have in the past (and will in the future) put people over politics in service to our country.