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In Recognition of the Somerset County Military Family Support Group

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Mr. CRITZ. Mr. Speaker, I rise to recognize a military support group in my district that provides deployed members of our armed forces and their families with material support, emotional comfort and spiritual sustenance.

Founded in 2003, the Somerset County Military Family Support Group sends deployed service members monthly packages containing food, health products, books, letters and games. The group also counsels family members of deployed military personnel, takes part in festivals and parades in order to pay homage to the sacrifices of our soldiers, gathers and distributes information about pressing issues facing members of the military and their families and holds annual candlelight vigils to honor all those who have worn our nation's colors in battle.

Because the group is comprised largely of veterans and individuals from military families, its members understand the physical and psychological strain our troops experience each day they are separated from their families, and the emotional turmoil the family members of these service members are forced to endure as a result of knowing that someone they love is in harm's way. That they chose to use their first-hand knowledge of these struggles to craft a renowned military support program speaks to their capacity to turn hardship into an outstanding gift for others.

Mr. Speaker, while all of us appreciated the valor and sacrifices of our troops, only the most talented and proactive among us are able to act on this appreciation in a way that makes an impact on thousands of lives. The Somerset County Military Family Support Group has not only accomplished this, but has done so while spreading the spirit of service throughout southwestern Pennsylvania. All of us should seek to emulate the selfless efforts of its members in our own efforts to promote the greater good.

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