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News from Senator Begich; November 5, 2012: Begich gears up for Veterans Day events in Alaska


November 5, 2012

Begich gears up for Veterans Day

events in Alaska

Sen. Begich meets with Fairbanks veterans - Sen. Begich is participating in a number of events focused on celebrating Alaska’s veterans during the coming week.

The national and statewide elections are tomorrow, so I want to start this message by reminding all Alaskans to vote. There’s a great deal on the line regardless of your party or ideological beliefs – when Congress reconvenes on November 13, it faces a monumental task. Without immediate, substantive agreement and progress, $1.2 trillion in automatic budget cuts will occur – unless Congress devises an alternative plan by Jan. 2, 2013. This is what’s being called “sequestration,” and you’ll be hearing a lot more about it in the coming weeks. I’ve published an editorial piece in several papers statewide on the subject, and it offers a bit more information on my perspective about what’s needed to address our country’s staggering national debt and the impending cuts. My office has developed an easy-to-understand fact sheet on these automatic budget cuts you can view on my website – please take a look and contact one of my six offices statewide if you have questions.

I’m headed back to Alaska on Friday but before that I have a special opportunity to greet members of the Alaska National Guard B Company, 1st Battalion, 143rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne) at the Indianapolis Airport after a year-long deployment in Afghanistan. These are our citizen soldiers from all over Alaska, including rural villages, and this will be a great opportunity to express in person how much their service means to Alaska and our country.

I head from Indianapolis back to Alaska for several days, which I’ll split between Anchorage and Fairbanks. The week will be dedicated to honoring our military veterans in a variety of different events, including a Women Veterans Day ceremony on Friday in Anchorage. Did you know Alaska was the first state in the nation to specifically recognize its women veterans? The Alaska Legislature created the official holiday in 2000 in honor of the 11 percent of Alaska veterans who are women.

Check out the events listed at right and drop by if you have a chance during any of these public events. I look forward to hearing from Alaskans before Congress reconvenes and the hard work of addressing the budget deficit gets underway.


Senator Mark Begich

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