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Desert Storm, Desert Shield honor ceremony set

on Wednesday, 06 July 2016. Posted in Opinions

By Sen. Tim Scott

There are many things that set our country apart from the rest of the world: the history of how we won our independence, the freedoms our country enjoys, and our ability to consistently innovate and push the world forward - from the car to the iPhone. We know that everything that makes us unique is only possible because our nation is defended by brave men and women who volunteer to join our armed forces each and every day.

I have consistently voted to support our veterans, from reforming the clearly broken system at VA hospitals, to providing more support for veterans’ suicide prevention programs, to protecting military pensions. In fact, just last week I voted for the Veterans Affairs and Military Construction Appropriations bill, which funds veterans’ health care programs, benefits and more.

While we can never fully repay our veterans for their service, we must do everything possible to make sure we keep the promises made to them. In that spirit, on August 27, I will be hosting honor ceremonies for South Carolina’s Desert Storm and Desert Shield era veterans in both Greenville and Charleston. Since being elected to federal office, I have hosted three events to honor veterans from World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.

I can tell you first hand that it is a humbling experience to be in a room with so many great men and women, and their families. Although we can never fully repay them for their sacrifice, it is imperative that we do not forget what they did for our country. This year is the 25th anniversary of the conclusion of Desert Storm, and I invite all Desert Storm and Desert Shield era veterans and their families to attend the ceremonies.

I also encourage all residents of South Carolina to join me in honoring the men and women who have selflessly served and defended our country. The ceremonies will be held on: Aug. 27, 9 a.m. at the TD Convention Center, 1 Exposition Drive, Greenville, SC 29607 Aug. 27, 3 p.m. at the Charleston Area Convention Center, 5000 Coliseum Drive, North Charleston, SC 29418 Each veteran will receive a special Senatorial Certificate of Appreciation, as well as a pin.

All interested veterans should register with my office by visiting scott.senate.gov/veterans. It is an honor to host veterans and their families in celebration of their service to our country. I look forward to seeing everyone there!

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