Civil Air Patrol

Passion and commitment of CAP members wins H.R. 933 battle

Madison, Wis. – “Congratulations” exclaimed Don Rowland, Civil Air Patrol’s chief operating officer, in a memo to Civil Air Patrol members throughout the country after the U.S. Senate voted on H.R. 933 late this afternoon. “Thanks to your efforts and the efforts of your members, the Senate passed an amended version of H.R. 933 today without Senator McCain’s amendment”

“The amended bill now goes back to the House for their consideration.  Both versions of the Appropriations Bill fully funded CAP for Fiscal Year 2013 so we are optimistic the final bill that emerges and goes to the President for signature, will meet Civil Air Patrol’s needs” Rowland said.

“The outstanding efforts during the past week show our members’ passion for the organization and commitment to CAP.  We had countless Senate offices tell us that they heard the CAP message loud and clear over the past several days” he concluded.

Members were alerted last Thursday that Sen. John McCain had introduced an amendment that would have taken millions of needed funding from CAP. Earlier the House passed H.R. 933 fully funding the all volunteer organization. Because of the effort put forth by CAP’s members, they immediately sprang into action calling their Senators to make their voices and wishes heard.

Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 61,000 members nationwide. Members take their volunteer jobs seriously as they operate a fleet of 550 aircraft nationwide. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually.

Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to 27,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet programs.

CAP received the World Peace Prize in 2011 and has been performing missions for America for 71 years. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com or www.capvolunteernow.com for more information.

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