This week provided me with an opportunity to visit several areas of Missouri’s Fourth District and to meet people who make our part of the country such a great place to call home.
A highlight of this week was my visit to Windsor and the home of 92-year-old World War II veteran Grover Mullins, a true American hero. In 1942, at the age of 22, Mr. Mullins joined the Army Air Force and was soon taking part in bombing missions. In November of 1943, the plane he was flying in was hit by enemy fire which killed the navigator. Mr. Mullins aided surviving crew members, including an unconscious co-pilot, who was able to safely land the plane. In January of 1944, Mr. Mullins and his crew were shot down by German forces and he served 16 months in a POW camp in Austria. He came home in May of 1945.
Mr. Mullins’ medals include the Purple Heart, Silver Star, Legion of Merit, and Presidential Unit Citation. It was an honor to meet someone who distinguished himself so admirably in defense of his country.
I was privileged to meet with more veterans in El Dorado Springs to hear their ideas on how best to serve those who have served our country. I shared with them that as a member of the House Armed Services Committee and the daughter of an Army Reservist, I care deeply about the men and women who have served and the brave men and women who are serving today. I reminded them I co-sponsor the Guarantee Paychecks for America’s Military Families Act, which would ensure that our military pesonnel have their pay protected in the event the country reaches its debt limit. Our servicemen and women put their lives on the line for us and we must do everything in our power to make sure we take care of them.
While in El Dorado Springs, I also had the chance to show my support for our Second Amendment rights as I met with gun owners to discuss the gun control efforts in Congress. I am a firm believer in our Constitutional right to bear arms and will oppose any efforts to infringe on that right. We all mourn the recent tragedy in Newtown, CT, but emotion-driven legislation in the wake of the tragedy will not better protect our children. Law-abiding Americans must have the option of defending themslves and their families.
I visited Clinton this week, as well, where I met with students and teachers at Clinton Technical School. The school serves students from eight school districts, providing vital training to prepare these young people to enter the workforce. As a former vocational teacher, I was inspired by the outstanding students I met and the good work being done there. The school’s mission is: “To Prepare All Students for Productive Living.” It is gratifying to see the Clinton School District and other Missouri Fourth District schools providing these educational opportunities to bright young people who will soon be entering the workforce. It should make all of us optimistic about the future.
Have a good week.