Today at a press conference in Mobile at the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park, a coalition of more than 500 Alabama military veterans endorsed Jeff Sessions in the race for U.S. Senate.
Sessions is the only military veteran in the race for Senate in Alabama.
Sessions was commissioned as an officer by the University of Alabama’s Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), and he served for over 10 years in the United States Army Reserve, attaining the rank of Captain.
U.S. Army Brigadier General (Ret.) Richard F. Allen, a Vietnam veteran and the former Civilian Aide to Secretary of the Army for Alabama, praised Sessions’s leadership.
“No one has been a stronger or more effective advocate for America’s soldiers and Alabama’s military interests than Jeff Sessions. As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Jeff worked tirelessly to ensure that the United States Military is the best-equipped and best-trained fighting force on the face of the Earth. Senator Sessions has spent countless days traveling to war zones, visiting our troops in Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq—no one has a better understanding of the global threats that our military faces and what we must do to keep America safe,” said Allen.
“Jeff Sessions has been a forceful advocate for Alabama’s military installations and our State’s outstanding National Guard units and reserve forces. With everything from Fort Rucker to Maxwell Air Force Base to Redstone Arsenal, Alabama plays a central, but complex, role in our nation’s defense. We cannot afford to send an untested rookie to Washington when so much is on the line during these dangerous times, for Alabama and the nation. We need Jeff Sessions, a proven leader and warrior, in the Senate fighting for Alabama and our military,” Allen said.
Tim Russell served as a Captain in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He served as the Fifth Army Casualty Officer, and was involved in hundreds of killed in action notifications to soldiers’ families. Russell has known Senator Sessions since college, when they both were members of the University of Alabama’s ROTC program.
Russell said that he, along with thousands of other Alabama veterans, admires and appreciates Jeff Sessions for his military service and for his principled leadership for Alabama and the nation.
“We need to send Jeff Sessions back to the Senate so that he can continue to serve our great country and the finest military in the world. He is a hero to us veterans,” Russell said.
Sessions said he was deeply honored by the overwhelming support the veterans community has given him in the Senate race.
“It was the privilege of a lifetime to wear the uniform and to serve in the United States Military. I am deeply honored that the veterans community has given me such strong backing and support. It is vital that in these dangerous and uncertain times, Alabama has a strong leader in the Senate who understands what must be done to ensure that America’s military remains the best fighting force in the world,” Sessions remarked.
“Honor, duty, service to country, and the rule of law have been the hallmarks, the north star, of my career. These are the sacred values that make America the greatest nation on the face of the Earth, and if I am elected to serve as Senator, I will again work side by side with Alabama’s and our nation’s military leaders to protect and defend our great nation,” Sessions said.
For his service in the United States Army Reserve, Sessions was awarded both the Army Achievement Medal and the Army Commendation Medal.
As a United States Senator and a member of the Senate’s Armed Services Committee, Sessions was a tireless champion for a strong military and a forceful advocate for America’s veterans and military families. In 2005, Sessions spearheaded the HEROES Act, which increased the death benefits to the military families of slain soldiers from $250,000 to $400,000.
Information on the Military Coalition endorsing Jeff Sessions for Senate
North Alabama Chairman: Clayton Hinchman, who served as a Captain in the U.S. Army, and is a Purple Heart Recipient for wounds sustained in Iraq.
Central Alabama Chairman: Richard F. Allen, who served as a U.S. Army Brigadier General. He is a Vietnam veteran and the former Civilian Aide to Secretary of the Army for Alabama.
South Alabama Chairman: Tim Russell, who served as a Captain in the U.S. Army, and is a veteran of the Vietnam War.
Click HERE for a complete list (last names withheld for privacy reasons) of the Alabama military veterans who have endorsed Jeff Sessions.