Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-02) issued the following statement in announcing the formation of the Second Congressional District Veterans Advisory Committee:
"I am honored to have over 30 veterans from all eight counties of the Second Congressional District serve on this advisory committee. I will lean on members of this advisory committee, as well as leaders from our Veterans Service Organizations, to give me their candid assessments on issues affecting Arkansas veterans."
The advisory committee will periodically meet with Rep. Griffin to discuss issues affecting veterans and the military, as well as specific legislation currently before Congress. Committee membership is comprised of veterans from the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force, and includes both officers and enlisted men and women, as well as civilians with strong ties to the veterans community.
The committee is comprised of the following individuals: fmr. M Sgt Michael Westergren of Beebe; fmr. LCDR Gary Hunnicutt and fmr. SrA Bobby Parker of Benton; fmr. MSG Paul Foster of Conway; fmr. CW4 Bill Mashek of Dardanelle; fmr. SFC James Parker of El Dorado; fmr. SGT Leo Keys and MG (RET) Thomas Arwood of Hot Springs Village; SMSgt (RET) Bill Wussick, Col (RET) William Kehler and fmr. CPO David Sager of Jacksonville; SFC (RET) Stephen Finnegan, fmr. MAJ Penny Fogle, fmr. MAJ Ron Fuller, fmr. Sgt Michael Laster and fmr. SSG Ted Thorsen of Little Rock; MG (RET) William Page of Maumelle; Ms. Rita Carson and fmr. PO2 Jerry Ashby of Morrilton; COL (RET) Dean Young of Newport; SFC (RET) Del Gieber, fmr. COL (RET) Mike Ross, fmr. PO1 Michael Shackleford, Ms. Lori Wilka and Col (RET) T.P. Williams of North Little Rock; Ms. Ann Offield, fmr. LTC Robert Trower and SSG (RET) Bill Wright of Perryville; MSG (RET) Roy McClure of Plumerville; fmr. MM Isadore Banks of Scott; and fmr. SSG Warren Crowe and COL (RET) Don English of Sherwood, among others.