I recently did a post here about the spicy debate between Senator Chuck Schumer & Senator Tom Cotton. You may be familiar with Schumer but Cotton is veteran, no a warrior who has been in our footsteps and chewed the dirt of other vets.
The current 114th Congress is made up of 70 current members and 11 incoming members of the U.S. House of Representatives who have served or are serving in the U.S. military. Three of the incoming members are Democrats; the other seven are Republicans. A number of veterans who are currently serving in the House decided to retire this year, and a small number lost re-election."
But how do we get more veterans into Congress? It’s not easy and the trials and tribulations are tough for older vets who have served and are now heading back into the workforce and desire to get into politics.
Below is a good story of how it’s done. While you read this though, think to yourself, how can it be streamlined, what can “we” as people change or fix as voters. That alone is a challenge.
Time for a C-Gar
Following decades of decline in the number of veterans serving in Congress, the 115th Congress, which was sworn in Jan. 3, has more than the 114th. Despite this current crop of lawmakers bucking the trend for veteran representation, the number of congressional staff members with a military background remains incredibly low; less than 1 percent of policy staffers have military experience, according to the veterans advocacy group HillVets. Read more here