Fighting and Getting Results for Vets
Indiana is home to over half a million veterans; brave men and women who have stepped forward to protect the freedoms we all enjoy. The outstanding members of the United States Armed Forces from Indiana and throughout the country have repeatedly answered the call to serve our nation without hesitation, in times of war and peace alike. And we owe it to them to take every opportunity to recognize their service and sacrifice.
One of the small ways I am doing that is by introducing legislation to recognize the veterans who served on the USS Farenholt in the South Pacific during World War II. Known as the “Fightin’ F”, the USS Farenholt was a 1620-ton Benson-class destroyer that participated in the invasion of Guadalcanal, the Battle of Cape Esperance, and the Rabaul Raid. The men of the USS Farenholt fought bravely, earning 2 Navy Cross awards, 2 Silver Star Medals, 5 Bronze Star Medals, and approximately 46 Purple Hearts for those killed or wounded in action.
A local veteran brought the story of the USS Farenholt to my attention and asked me to do what I could to help honor her brave crew. The legislation I introduced is a tribute to him and to all of the men who served, recognizing “the contributions of the USS Farenholt and commend[ing] the honorable men who served aboard the USS Farenholt, for their selfless service to the Nation.” I was proud to introduce it, and I hope the House will take action to approve it this year.
My office is also working hard to honor our veterans’ service by providing them with assistance in resolving issues with the Veterans’ Administration (VA). We can help 8th District veterans file claims, determine eligibility for coverage or learn about medical coverage policies at the VA. In addition, we can provide assistance in recovering service medals that were lost or never received by local veterans. For more information or to seek assistance, please contact my Terre Haute District Office at: (812) 232-0523.
These are just a few of the ways I am working to thank the millions of American veterans who protected our freedom in years past, and those who protect it today. In addition, Congress must renew our commitment to our veterans by ensuring they have the quality health care and educational opportunities they deserve. May God bless them and continue to bless our great country.