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House Proceeding 02-23-09 on Feb 24th, 2009 :: 0:34:55 to 0:38:55
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Walter B. Jones

0:34:51 to 0:35:11( Edit History Discussion )

Walter B. Jones: problem. and we can reach an american solution. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: ms. kaptur from ohio. mr. burton from indiana. >> mr. speaker, i ask permission that i be able to

Walter B. Jones

0:34:55 to 0:38:55( Edit History Discussion )
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Walter B. Jones

0:35:12 to 0:35:33( Edit History Discussion )

Walter B. Jones: speak at this time. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized. >> thank you. mr. speaker, i'm going to wait bring this photograph. mr. speaker, throughout the history of our nation, members of the united states armed forces have given their lives

Walter B. Jones

0:35:34 to 0:35:54( Edit History Discussion )

Walter B. Jones: to secure and protect the freedoms america enjoys today. today, u.s. servicemens are serving in iraq, afghanistan, and many other parts of the worlwithout a loved one serving in our military, it is all too possible for americans to overlook the sacrifices that have been made and continue t be made by the men and women of

Walter B. Jones

0:35:55 to 0:36:15( Edit History Discussion )

Walter B. Jones: the armed services. it is for this reason that i have introduced h.r. 269, the fallen hero commemoration act this legislation would require the departnt of defense to permit media coverage when the remains of troops who have died on active duty arrive at military installations in the

Walter B. Jones

0:36:16 to 0:36:37( Edit History Discussion )

Walter B. Jones: united states. currently, the department of defense does not -- does not permit arrival ceremonies for, or media coverage of deceased military personnel departing or returning to american military bases.

Walter B. Jones

0:36:38 to 0:37:01( Edit History Discussion )

Walter B. Jones: this ban has been in place since the gulf war in 1991. earlier this month, president obama announce head ordered a review of this policy and the pentagon is expected to while i welcome a decision to repeal this ban on media coverage, enacting the fallen hero commemoration act would

Walter B. Jones

0:37:02 to 0:37:23( Edit History Discussion )

Walter B. Jones: ensure that our nation properly commemorates the service of our fallen heroes now and in the years to come. if this legislation is enacted, the privacy of military families would be protected. private memorial services would remain private and only credentialed media as approved by the dartment of defense would be permted to cover the

Walter B. Jones

0:37:24 to 0:37:46( Edit History Discussion )

Walter B. Jones: arrival of fallen heroes at u.s. military installations. i would like to submit for the record two letters i have received in support of the fallen hero commemoration act. thank you, mr. speaker. one letter is an endorsement from the american society of news editors and the other from the national press photographers' association.

Walter B. Jones

0:37:47 to 0:38:08( Edit History Discussion )

Walter B. Jones: as mickey ostericka, father of a newly commissioned air force second lieutenant and general council for the -- general counsel for the national press photographers association wrote in the letter i sub mit, i'll read o photograph, it is one thing for a family to request

Walter B. Jones

0:38:09 to 0:38:29( Edit History Discussion )

Walter B. Jones: that we not cover a private event, it is another for the military to impose a ban this would honor those who gave their lives in defense of our nation, but also uphold the freedoms for which they gave the ultimate sacrifice. i hope my colleagues will look se

Walter B. Jones

0:38:30 to 0:38:53( Edit History Discussion )

Walter B. Jones: properly commemorate the states servicemens. mr. speaker, i have signed well over 8,000 letters to -- letters to families and extended families wh loved ones in afghanistan and iraq, so i want to close by asking god to bless our men and women in uniform to bless the family who was given a loved one in afghanistan and iraq,

Walter B. Jones

0:38:54 to 0:38:55( Edit History Discussion )

Walter B. Jones: and i ask god to please,

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