Harder, Stefanik Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Designate April 18th as Military Retiree Appreciation Day

May 8, 2019
Press Release
Ted Cruz, Elizabeth Warren Led Senate Version of Resolution

WASHINGTON – Representatives Josh Harder (CA-10) and Elise Stefanik (NY-21) have introduced a bipartisan resolution to designate April 18th as Military Retiree Appreciation Day. The resolution would honor military retirees’ commitment to lifelong service and dedication to their country. The Central Valley is home to over 1,600 military retirees.

“Our military retirees spent the majority of their careers serving their country – they deserve a special recognition for dedicating so much of their professional lives to keeping us safe,” said Rep. Harder. “Ted Cruz, Elizabeth Warren and I might not agree on much, but honoring our veterans is one of those areas. Proud to be working with such a politically diverse group to get this done.”

“Our military retirees have dedicated a large part of their life to service to their country, and we as a nation are forever indebted to them,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “I am proud to co-lead this bipartisan resolution to celebrate and express my gratitude to those who have served and fought courageously for our freedom. It is my hope that this encourages Americans to honor the past and continued service of military retirees to their local communities and the United States.”

“On behalf of military retirees, I want to thank Rep. Harder for introducing this legislation. This day represents an opportunity to thank the servicemen and women who have supported us and fought to protect our country,” said Col Bobbi LaFargue, RN, MBA, MPH, USAF NCR (Ret), a member of Rep. Harder’s Congressional Veterans Advisory Committee. “Let us commit to always honoring all of our veterans, including our retirees.”

A military retiree is someone with at least 20 years of active service in one of the branches of the United States Military.