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Congressman Lee Terry believes we owe an enormous gratitude to those Americans who are serving this nation in the Armed Services. Because of their sacrifice and willingness to serve, America is winning the War on Terror. Our troops will not shrink from duty, and neither can we.

Congressman Terry is proud of the work done by all those currently in active service. He is concerned about military members being separated from their families for long durations, and the affect lengthy deployments may have on recruiting.

Congressman Terry has taken a number of specific actions to improve the military, including:

  • In November 2003, Lee Terry joined many House colleagues in writing President Bush to urge him to significantly increase the number of troops on active duty, while revising the missions given to the National Guard and Reserve.
  • Support of the 2004 National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 1588) which authorizes $400 billion for the Department of Defense and national security programs.
  • Voting for a comprehensive measure (H.R. 3289) to sustain U.S. military forces and rebuild Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • Support for H.R. 3365— the Fallen Patriots Tax Relief Act—removing taxes on the gratuity payment made to family members of deceased military service members.