Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi today administered the oath of office to Major William Collins as he was recommissioned to the United States Marine Corps after 16 years of previous service:
"Major Collins demonstrates the commitment to excellence and willingness to sacrifice that is shared by all our men and women in uniform," Leader Pelosi said. "As a Marine Corps Judge Advocate, he served our nation around the world -- from Iraq, to Japan, to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis; as a public servant here in the House of Representatives, he worked to ensure that our troops and our veterans receive the benefits and honors they have earned. As he re-enters the Marines and takes this oath to protect and defend our Constitution, we thank him for his patriotism and we honor him for his bravery."
Major Collins served in the office of then-Speaker Pelosi from 2009-2011 through the House of Representatives Wounded Warrior Fellowship Program, an initiative created under Speaker Pelosi's leadership to promote the re-employment of veterans of our armed forces. He subsequently served the House Committee on Veterans Affairs as the Staff Director and Counsel for the Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs.