Meadows' Statement on Passage of Mayaguez Veterans Amendment
Washington, D.C. – On Thursday, Rep. Mark Meadows’ (R-NC) bipartisan amendment with Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) to recognize Mayaguez Veterans passed the House as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act. The amendment would extend the Vietnam Service Medal to veterans of the S.S. Mayaguez Incident.
While the S.S. Mayaguez Incident is often referred to as the “Last Battle of Vietnam,” veterans of this incident are currently ineligible to receive the Vietnam Service Medal. This amendment would rectify the error and allow veterans of the incident—both living and deceased—to receive the medal in appropriate recognition for their sacrifice to our nation.
Rep. Meadows released the following statement:
“As Americans, we have a responsibility to honor those who give everything they have in the service of our country. The heroes of the S.S. Mayaguez Incident deserve to be appropriately recognized—a distinguished group that includes one of my own constituents, Captain Ric Hunter, who served 27 years in the U.S. Air Force and was awarded an Air Medal for his efforts as a pilot in the SS Mayaguez rescue operation.
Yesterday I was grateful to see our amendment pass the House, and I hope it will play a small role in seeing the S.S. Mayaguez Incident Veterans receive the honor they so richly deserve. I particularly want to recognize and thank my colleague Rep. Gabbard for her work here—and for her faithful service to our nation’s military.”