Fewer than 100 veterans could be serving in Congress when a new House and Senate are seated in January. An analysis by the group Veterans Campaign found only 183 of the 865 major-party candidates on ballots next month have served in the armed forces. Forty-six of them served in Afghanistan or Iraq.
If the number does fall below 100, it will be the first time since the 1950s that veteran representation has been that low, according to a story on the report in Military Times. Back then, World War II veterans were on the ballots across the country.Read more: Report: Veterans Vanishing from Congress
More than 30 current or former National Guardsmen across the country are bidding for election next month to the House or Senate.
The list includes six current Guardsmen running for re-election to the House. They are Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., who announced plans last week to retire from the Guard, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., Rep. Steven Palazzo, R-Miss., Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa., and Rep. Steve Stivers, R-Ohio.Read more: Guardsmen on Ballots in November
Officials with the Army and Air Force Exchange Service met this month with officials of other exchanges and a deputy Navy assistant secretary to discuss an AAFES plan to extend online shopping at its website to all honorably discharged veterans.
The meeting included representatives of the Navy Exchange Service Command, Marine Corps Exchange and Russell Beland, the deputy assistant secretary of the Navy.
Currently, shopping online at the AAFES website is limited to current service members and retirees, but Tom Shull, the AAFES director, thinks anyone who served and was honorably discharged should be able to use the online service.
A source at the meeting Oct. 8 said it was very productive, according to an article Friday from Military Times.
"It appears there are no insurmountable hurdles," the source told the publication.Read more: AAFES Seeks Online Shopping for Vets