State of Tennessee Archives: on Homeland Security


Manny Sethi: Agrees with Trump that Antifa is terrorist organization

Sethi echoed the comments of many of his Republican counterparts in praising Trump's condemnation of the riots in Nashville and other cities. Those riots followed what were intended to be peaceful demonstrations to protest racism and brutality by police officers. Sethi said he "agreed with President Trump that the looting and the violence was related to Antifa, and applauds the president in declaring the group a terrorist organization."
Source: Johnson City Press on 2020 Tennessee Senate race Jun 2, 2020

Bill Hagerty: Give military tools to complete their missions; repair VA

Our most important national security asset isn't technology nor infrastructure, it's the men and women of our Armed Forces. We must do everything we can to serve those who have sacrificed so much. He will protect Fort Campbell, Arnold Air Force Base, and Millington Naval Base. He will always fight to make sure our active duty servicemen--and their families--have the tools they need to complete their missions, and he will work to repair a broken VA system that too often fails our veterans.
Source: 2020 Tennessee Senate campaign website TeamHagerty.com Dec 24, 2019

James Mackler: Let immigrants serve in military, as they always have

70 years ago, President Harry Truman signed Executive Order 9981 to begin integrating our Armed Forces "without regard to race, color, religion or national origin." Immigrants have fought alongside fellow Americans in every conflict we've faced since before the founding of our nation. An immigrant officer is credited with professionalizing George Washington's Army at Valley Forge during the Revolutionary War. Today, because of President Truman's actions, the world's strongest fighting force is made up of volunteers with national origins from across the globe.

Earlier this month, "some immigrant U.S. Army reservists and recruits who enlisted in the military with a promised path to citizenship are being abruptly discharged."

Fighting in Iraq, I know we would not have been able to complete our missions without standing side by side with new Americans and those who hoped to fulfill that dream.

Source: Medium.com on 2020 Tennessee Senate race Jul 26, 2018

Bill Lee: Adjust budget to include benefits, services veterans earned

Our veterans have fought for us and we should fight for them. Across our state veterans are giving back through their leadership in local schools, businesses, churches, and public service. These great men and women are an invaluable asset to our state. While Congress works to fix the V.A., we need strong advocates for the over 500K veterans here. It's time we reevaluate our budget priorities and invest in a system that gets our veterans the benefits and services they earned.
Source: 2018 Tennessee Gubernatorial website BillLee.com Jul 4, 2018

Marsha Blackburn: Supported military spending bills in Congress

Source: Ballotpedia.org voting record for 2018 Tennessee Senate race May 24, 2018

Larry Crim: We honor our veterans by keeping their care a priority

Honoring our country's veterans involves delivering on our promises for their service and assuring their˙sacrifices were not in vain. A grateful country honors its veterans˙by keeping their care and America's security and freedom for which they fought as our nation's˙top priorities.
Source: 2018 Tennessee Senatorial campaign website CrimUSSenate.com Mar 2, 2018

Larry Crim: We honor our veterans by keeping their care a priority

Honoring our country's veterans involves delivering on our promises for their service and assuring their˙sacrifices were not in vain. A grateful country honors its veterans˙by keeping their care and America's security and freedom for which they fought as our nation's˙top priorities.
Source: 2018 Tennessee Senatorial campaign website CrimUSSenate.com Mar 2, 2018

James Mackler: Against privatization of VA

There are some that want to nearly privatize the VA--suggesting that the market will take care of America's veterans. James stands with the vast majority of veterans groups that believe that complete privatization of the VA is exactly the wrong approach to take. Under no circumstance would he put our veteran's care in the hands of corporations that prioritize profits over the unique needs of his brothers and sisters-in-arms.
Source: 2018 Tennessee Senatorial website JamesMackler.com Oct 1, 2017

James Mackler: Allow transgender people to serve in the military

Pro-LGBT Tennesseans quickly blasted President Donald Trump's new position on prohibiting transgender people from serving in the military, calling it "not rational" and hypocritical for someone who skirted military service. Others defended the president's abrupt new policy announced on Twitter, saying it's his job alone to determine the makeup of the military.

James Mackler, a former Army helicopter pilot with the 101st Airborne Division and a Democratic U.S. Senate candidate, said such policies detract from mission readiness. "Having served in combat, I know we are better warfighters when we bring all of our assets to bear, and excluding entire classes of people without evidence that they do anything but strengthen our forces is shortsighted, counter productive, and undermines mission readiness," he said in a statement.

Source: The Tennessean on 2020 Tennessee Senate race Jul 26, 2017

Scott DesJarlais: Prohibit transgender people from serving in the military

Pro-LGBT Tennesseans quickly blasted President Trump's new position on prohibiting transgender people from serving in the military, calling it "not rational" and hypocritical for someone who skirted military service. Others defended the president's abrupt new policy announced on Twitter, saying it's his job alone to determine the makeup of the military.

U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais a steadfast Trump supporter and member of the House Armed Services Committee, applauded the president's decision.

Source: The Tennessean on 2018 TN-4 Tennessee House race Jul 26, 2017

Larry Crim: Provides spiritual counseling to help America's Veterans

Larry Crim is a native, 5th generation Tennessean, Nashville Businessman and Counseling Executive who serves as Chief Executive Officer of Christian Counseling Centers of America Inc. and President of Veterans Comprehensive Network Inc.

Crim achieved the Master of Public Administration from The University of Tennessee. Larry Crim earned the Master of Arts in Psychology from Middle Tennessee State University.

Larry Crim is CEO of Christian Counseling Centers of America Inc, a faith based public service organization providing professionally-qualified spiritually-based counseling with a focus on veterans. Crim is President of Veterans Comprehensive Network Inc., devoted to coordinating a network of resources to help America's Veterans.

Larry Crim publishes The Nashvillian, Memphis Regional News, and Veterans News--newspapers focused on public service impacting Tennesseans. The newspapers are provided free of charge to Homeless Veterans to sell to provide a transitional occupation & income.

Source: 2018 Tennessee Senate race website, CrimUSSenate.com Mar 3, 2017

Gordon Ball: Ensure our troops receive the support & resources they need

Supporting our troops and their families is an imperative we all share. We must do what it takes to ensure our troops receive the support and resources they need to defend our freedom and security. From providing top-of-the-line body armor, ensuring fair pay for service members, and easing the transition to civilian life for returning service members, I will fight for the benefits earned by Tennesseans who serve in our Armed Forces.

As Senator, I will do all I can to support service members, their families, and veterans. I support fully funding the Veterans Administration, cutting red-tape to help make claims-servicing easier and more streamlined, and improving the quality of life for veterans by increasing compensation and guaranteeing world- class health care in state-of-the-art medical facilities.

I will also work hard to help ease the return to civilian life by supporting a strong GI Bill and ensuring that veterans have world-class medical care and realistic job opportunities.

Source: 2014 Tennessee Senate campaign website, GordonBallSenate.com Aug 7, 2014

Terry Adams: Men & women in uniform are victims of catastrophic neglect

He is a veteran, able to connect to traditionalists with a message that the men and women who have served in uniform are victims of "catastrophic" neglect. And he believes that Democrats can still win in a red state that is getting redder. "1.1 million people voted for the president in 2008. If the same 1.1 million people get out and vote in this election, we'll beat Lamar Alexander by 200,000 votes, and we don't have to compromise our principles!"
Source: Memphis Flyer on 2014 Tennessee Senate race Aug 6, 2014

Bill Haslam: ObamaCare costs TN $350M; cut but preserve rural hospitals

In this budget, TennCare costs will be $350 million more this year than last year. That increase takes into account the higher cost of medical care, more people who qualify for Medicaid in tough economic times, and primarily, the impact of the Affordable Care Act. Expanding Medicaid is not reflected in this year's budget. I am hesitant to commit additional dollars to Medicaid when it's already eating up so much of our budget, and we have to remember what the state went through seven years ago when it made the difficult decision to cut a lot of people from the TennCare rolls.

There are hospitals across this state, many of them in rural communities, that are going to struggle if not close under the health care law without expansion, and that's not something to take lightly. Most of us in this room don't like the Affordable Care Act, but the decision to expand Medicaid isn't as basic as saying, "No ObamaCare, No expansion."

Source: 2013 State of the State speech to Tennessee legislature Jan 28, 2013

Bill Haslam: Only 1% of our country serves to keep the rest of us free

One thing that the rest of the country and the whole world already know us for is our well-deserved reputation for being the Volunteer State. Today, many of our Tennessee volunteers are going to far away lands, away from family and friends, protecting th freedoms that we hold dear. The men and women of Tennessee, who serve in the military, are on the front line in the war against terror.

Since September 11, 2001, more than 20,000 men and women in the Tennessee National Guard--Army and Air Force--have been called to serve. While many have served, some gave their last, full measure. Since 2001, 136 Tennesseans--men and women--have lost their lives. Please join me in a moment of silence in recognition of those who are called to serve and in honor of those who gave their lives to protect and preserve our freedoms. Thank you. The reality is that less than one percent of our country serves in our voluntary armed forces in order to keep the rest of us free and secure. For that, we should all be grateful

Source: 2011 State of the State speech to Tennessee legislature Mar 14, 2011

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