Alexander, McCain Visit Fort Campbell, McCain Presents Purple Heart to Soldier

Posted on November 17, 2013

Senators discuss military needs with brigadier general, tour military base 

CLARKSVILLE, Nov. 17 – U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) today visited Fort Campbell in advance of the Senate’s consideration next week of the National Defense Authorization Act. While there, McCain and Alexander participated in a military ceremony at which McCain presented a Purple Heart to a soldier wounded in Afghanistan. 

Alexander said: “The National Defense Authorization Act is the most important legislation affecting the military, and this visit gives Senator McCain and me firsthand information about Fort Campbell’s most pressing needs. We owe a debt of gratitude to those who have worn the uniform of our Armed Services that we couldn’t possibly repay, and it was an honor to be reminded of the bravery and the sacrifice of our soldiers.”

McCain said: “The men and women serving at Fort Campbell demonstrate every day the unwavering dedication and professionalism of our armed forces. As consideration of the FY 2014 National Defense Authorization Act begins next week, this was an important opportunity for Senator Alexander and me to visit with our troops and discuss many of the vital issues facing our military today. I was deeply impressed and inspired to spend time with our men and women in uniform, who represent our nation’s finest.”  

The senators’ tour and briefing with Brig. Gen. Mark Stammer was in advance of the Senate taking up the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2014. The legislation authorizes funding for military pay and benefits, as well as weapons programs.

McCain presented the Purple Heart to Captain Perry S. Cloud, who was wounded during a tour of duty in Afghanistan. The Purple Heart is awarded, on behalf of the president of the United States, to military personnel who are wounded in the line of duty.

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