Ahead of his nomination hearing to be Chief of the National Guard Bureau, U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill met with Missouri native Lieutenant General Frank Grass to discuss how his extensive record will help him lead the Guard through today's challenges.
"I'm confident Lieutenant General Grass has the right experience and background, including his time in the Missouri National Guard, to tackle the challenges facing the men and women of the National Guard head-on" said McCaskill, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. "Members of the Guard are serving on the front lines of today's conflicts-and I'm going to work with them to ensure that they have the resources and training they need to succeed in their missions."
In their meeting, McCaskill had the opportunity to discuss how the reserve component of the Guard has transitioned from being a strategic force to an operational force, and what that means for members of the Guard and their families. McCaskill and Grass also discussed the unemployment rate affecting members of the Guard, and what steps can be taken to address the problem.
Lieutenant General Grass enlisted in the Missouri National Guard in 1969 at Jefferson Barracks in St. Louis. As chief of the National Guard Bureau, Lieutenant General Grass will serve as the senior uniformed officer responsible for formulating, developing, and coordinating all policies, programs, and plans affecting Army and Air National Guard members.
Last month, McCaskill led a hearing to examine progress made by government contractors in the hiring of military veterans. McCaskill also questioned witnesses on how to address the disproportionate unemployment experienced by members of the National Guard and Reserve.
McCaskill, the daughter of a World War II veteran, has been a champion for military veterans since coming to the Senate in 2006, and was a founding member of the Senate Veterans Jobs Caucus. McCaskill was also a leading advocate for the VOW to Hire Heroes Act.