One Final Mission for CAP’s WWII Pilots: Congressional Recognition
Reprinted from VolunteerNow, CAP’s online news:
WASHINGTON – During World War II, volunteer pilots in Civil Air Patrol, flying their own aircraft, patrolled the U.S. coast in search of German U-boats. Seventy years later, Civil Air Patrol members are hoping to win long overdue congressional recognition of their service. The Senate has voted to award the group a congressional gold medal. But those who support bestowing the nation’s highest civilian honor to the patrol members are still about 100 sponsors shy of the 290 needed to pass the measure in the House. “This is our last chance to honor the few that are still alive,” said John Swain, Civil Air Patrol’s Washington representative, in an interview with Richard Simon of the McClatchy/Tribune News Service. An article about Civil Air Patrol’s push for the medal was published Tuesday in a number of national newspapers, including the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times and The Oregonian.
According to Captain Jeri Gonwa, Wisconsin Wing public affairs officer, two congressman in Wisconsin have yet to cosponsor H.R. 719. “Congressmen Paul Ryan and James Sensenbrenner are still needed to cosponsor the bill,” she stated. “If you reside in their district, please encourage them to cosponsor the House Bill H.R. 719, so that these WWII volunteers get the honor they deserve.”