Civil Air Patrol

Congressman Ron Kind shows support for Congressional Gold Medal Bill H.R. 755

Madison, Wis. – Wisconsin’s Congressman Ron Kind, District 3, joined Congressmen Sean Duffy, Thomas Petri, James Sensensbrenner, Reid Ribble and Congresswoman Gwen Moore yesterday in cosponsoring H.R. 755, the Congressional Gold Medal for Civil Air Patrol’s WWII members, bringing the total to six Wisconsin cosponsors in the House. Senator Tammy Baldwin cosponsored S. 309, which passed unanimously in the Senate in May.

Currently, 62% of the goal has been met for the House with a total of 109 cosponsors still needed in order for it to go to the House Financial Services Committee for consideration. A total of 290 cosponsors are required to move forward on the bill.

Major General Charles Carr, Civil Air Patrol’s national commander, set the goal that each of the 52 wings in CAP obtain 70% of their delegation’s support by the July 4 recess.  Seventeen of the wings, including Wisconsin, have achieved this goal. However Wisconsin Wing members are still working to gain the support of Congressmen Paul Ryan and Mark Pocan, who is new to Congress this year.

Due to the heroic efforts of their predecessors in CAP, today’s members wish to give honor by seeking the Congressional Gold Medal for those CAP senior members serving during WWII. One medal would be awarded and kept in the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. Those CAP members still alive, as well as the families of those who have passed away, will receive replica medals to commemorate this honor at no cost to the government in honor of their service.

Updated information regarding Civil Air Patrol’s efforts to have H.R. 755 and S. 309 passed in the 113th Congress, may be seen on the Congressional Gold Medal page of the national CAP member website.

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