Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02), Ranking Member on the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veteran Affairs, and Related Agencies as well as the Co-Chair of the Congressional Military Family Caucus was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the American Logistics Association (ALA).
"There can be no mistake that the continuation of the PX and commissary programs is vitally important to military families and our veterans," said Bishop. "I applaud you for your hard work ensuring these programs continue their successful partnerships with America's leading manufacturers. These programs serve as a good example of a public/private partnership that works for the common good, a model we should all strive to support."
"Congressman Bishop stands tall among the staunchest advocates in Congress for the military and their families," said Pat Nixon, President of the American Logistics Association. "It is our privilege to recognize him with our most prestigious award. He is a friend of the industry and a supporter of robust job creation, especially for military families and veterans. We salute and value his dedication, service, and passion for our military and our nation."
Comprised of nearly 250 manufacturers, military sales brokerage firms, suppliers, and distributors, The American Logistics Association is a trade association that serves as a central resource and representative voice for businesses and organizations who participate in the military marketplace. Already a heavy employer of returning military service members, the American Logistics Association and their member organizations have pledged 25,000 jobs by 2014 for veterans and their families in support of the White House's Joining Forces Initiative.
The ALA Distinguished Service Award is presented to an individual or individuals deemed by the ALA Board of Directors to have made during his of her career lasting contributions so truly significant that, in the opinion of the ALA Board, they will influence the cause of military resale, MWR/Services and subsistence achievement for all time. Gauged by such a measure, ALA believes the individual will have earned this distinguished honor in pursuit of the defense of this country.