Bill Owens, endorsed Democratic Congressional candidate in New York's 23rd District, today unveiled "Veterans for Owens," a grassroots coalition of local veterans from across the 23rd district that are supporting his campaign. Owens took the opportunity to reassert his commitment to keeping Fort Drum strong as well as to protecting America's veterans.
"Our veterans and the men and women who are fighting overseas today must be cared for here at home," Owens said. "In Congress, I will work every day to ensure that the service and sacrifice of our sons and daughters is honored and recognized when they return. I will work to keep Fort Drum strong and make sure our veterans get the healthcare they deserve, including increased support for soldiers suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder."
"Veterans for Owens" members spoke out in support of Bill's campaign for Congress.
"Like us, Bill is a veteran, and veterans are going to be there for him because he understands our needs and will fight for us in Congress," said Arthur Clark, a member of the "Veterans for Owens" coalition. "I am excited that someone is running in this race who can give voice to the concerns and values of America's veterans."
The Owens campaign released a list of "Veterans for Owens" members including:
* U.S. Army Specialist (E-4) Bill E. Brannon of Minerva, NY, who serve from 1961-1964
* U.S. Army Specialist (E-4) Arthur C. Clark of Norfolk, NY, who served from 1965-1967
* U.S. Navy Seaman First Class Joseph J DeMarco of Jay, NY, who served from 1944 - 1946
* U.S. Air Force veteran Nick Luciani of Watertown, NY, who retired from the Air Force in 1978.
* U.S. Army Air Force Captain John F. McAlevey of Jay, NY, who served from 1942 - 1946
* U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant Charles O. McMahon of Oneida, NY, who served from 1969-1973
* U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps Major Ernest L. Scribner of Watertown, NY, who retired from the Army in 2006.
* U.S. Army (E-5) Kester Wells of Norfolk, NY, who retired from the Army in 1976.
The "Veterans for Owens" coalition will continue to grow as the campaign moves forward.
Bill Owens has devoted his life to creating jobs, bringing economic development to the North Country, and serving his country. As a Captain in the United States Air Force, he proudly served at Plattsburgh Air Force Base. When the base was closed he helped create the Plattsburgh Airbase Redevelopment Corporation to ensure the land was used to create jobs, and currently there are more than 500 jobs based there as a result of his leadership. He has also served his community on the boards of many civic and non-profit organizations. He is a Managing Partner at Stafford Owens Piller Murnane & Trombley, PLLC. Owens currently lives in Plattsburgh with his wife Jane where they raised three children. He is the proud grandfather of three with a fourth due this fall.