Alexander: “Better Educational Opportunities for Veterans Will Aide Recruitment, Improve Military Quality of Life”

At Briefing at the Naval Base in Millington, Tennessee Alexander Highlights Need for Updated Educational Support for Troops returning home

Posted on April 17, 2008

U. S. Senator Lamar Alexander today attended a briefing on recruitment gains made by the Naval Support Activity Mid-South in Millington by Rear Admiral Sonny Masso, Commander, Navy Personnel Command and Deputy Chief of Naval Personnel. During the visit Alexander also highlighted the need to improve educational opportunities for today’s veterans. “Tennesseans are proud the nationwide headquarters for Navy recruiting is right here in Millington,” said Alexander. “Over 6,000 jobs are supported by this recruitment station and their good work is well noted. One of the key ways Congress can support the recruitment efforts in Millington and across the nation to show potential recruits that America takes care of our service men and women while they are on active duty and when they return to civilian life.” Alexander told the Admiral, Mayor Terry Jones and other personnel that Congress should help recruitment efforts by working to update a G.I. bill for today’s veterans, noting the success of the 1944 GI Bill in improving the quality of life for troops returning home. “Congress should pass legislation that expands education opportunities for our veterans, keeps pace with the rising cost of college, and is good for Tennessee,” concluded Alexander. “I look forward to adding the valuable information I received on this visit to the Senate debate.”