August 4, 2000

House Approves Gallegly Bill to Recognize 10th Anniversary of Desert Storm

Washington, D.C. — The House of Representatives approved a bill by Congressman Elton Gallegly (R-Ventura County) to mark the historical importance of August 27, 2000, as the 10th anniversary of the initial calling up of the National Guard and Reserved for Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm.

The bill honors the service and sacrifice of the National Guard and Reserve personnel for Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm and their families, as well as recognize the growing importance of the National Guard and Reserve to the security of the United States. It also reaffirms Congress' commitment to maintain the readiness of the National Guard and Reserve in the future.

"I believe it is appropriate now- 10 years later-to take a moment to remember and reflect on the courage and sacrifice of these veterans and their families," Gallegly said during House debate on the bill. "I say families because we always have to remember that when we send these men and women away, their loved ones sacrifice for their country as well.

"It is also time to recognize that the reserves are being called upon to serve in even more world hot spots as peace keepers and peace enforcers," Gallegly continued. "Currently, over 8,000 Guard and Reservists are serving around the world in places such as Bosnia, Kosovo, South Korea, Macedonia, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Columbia-to name a few."

Gallegly was one of the original cosponsors of the 1991 resolution to authorize the President to use force in the Persian Gulf after it was clear economic sanctions would not force Iraq out of Kuwait. He visited the Middle East and met with President Bush to discuss the situation prior to President Bush's order to attack.

Gallegly's current legislation would honor the 267,000 men and women who were called to active duty as a consequence of Iraq's invasion of Kuwait and the 57 Guard and Reserve members who lost their lives in Operation Desert Storm.

Gallegly introduced the legislation after receiving a letter from a constituent, Carl Wade of Ventura, asking if there were any plans to recognize the Reservists and Guards for the service they performed. Mr. Wade served in Operation Desert Storm as a Chief Warrant Officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve.

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