Madam Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume.
The bill before us, H.R. 1025, as noted sponsored by Congressman Walz of Minnesota, would ensure that deserving men and women of our National Guard and Reserve receive the honor and distinction of being called veterans. It seems a simple thing, and yet it is denied them.
Representative Walz introduced this bill in the last Congress. I'm disappointed to say it didn't clear the Senate, and so we'll have to try again. Our Guard and Reserve comprise a large component of those called to serve in our current wars, and these changing dynamics need to be incorporated into our policies. I think this bill strikes the desired balance. I am in full support of the bill.
I would now yield such time as he may consume to the author of the bill, Congressman Walz, to explain it in more detail.