Up & Coming Weekly

July 28, 2020

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4 UCW JULY 29-AUGUST 4, 2020 WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM REP. RICHARD HUDSON, R-N.C. COMMENTS? Editor@ upandcomingweekly.com. 910-484-6200. STAFF PUBLISHER Bill Bowman Bill@upandcomingweekly.com ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER Stephanie Crider editor@upandcomingweekly.com OPERATIONS DIRECTOR Paulette Naylor accounting@upandcomingweekly.com EDITOR Jenna Shackelford jenna@upandcomingweekly.com HOPE MILLS AND SENIOR SPORTS EDITOR Earl Vaughan Jr. EarlUCWSports@gmail.com REPORTER Jeff Thompson news@upandcomingweekly.com MARKETING ASSOCIATES Linda McAlister Brown linda@upandcomingweekly.com DISTRIBUTION MANAGER/SALES ADMINISTRATOR Laurel Handforth laurel@upandcomingweekly.com CONTRIBUTING WRITERS D.G. Martin, Pitt Dickey, Margaret Dickson, Karl Merritt, John Hood, Jim Jones, Shanessa Fenner, Prudence Mainor, Avery Powers, Crissy Neville ––––––––––– Up & Coming Weekly www.upandcomingweekly.com 208 Rowan St. P.O. Box 53461 Fayetteville, NC 28305 PHONE: 910-484-6200 FAX: 910-484-9218 Up & Coming Weekly is a "Quality of Life" publication with local features, news and information on what's happening in and around the Fayetteville/Cumberland County community. Up & Coming Weekly is published weekly on Wednesdays. Up & Coming Weekly welcomes manuscripts, photographs and artwork for publication consideration, but assumes no responsibility for them. We cannot accept responsibility for the return of unsolicited manuscripts or material. Opinions expressed by contributors do not necessarily reflect the views of the publisher. The publisher reserves the right to edit or reject copy submitted for publication. Up & Coming Weekly is free of charge and distributed at indoor and outdoor locations throughout Fayetteville, Fort Bragg, Pope Air Force Base, Hope Mills and Spring Lake. Readers are limited to one copy per person. © 2020 by F&B Publications, Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction or use of editorial or advertisements without permission is strictly prohibited. Various ads with art graphics designed with elements from: vecteezy.com and freepik.com. PUBLISHER'S PEN is week, our publisher, Bill Bowman, yields his space to Con- gressman Richard Hudson. Friends, As Fort Bragg's Congressman, it's an honor to represent so many active-duty soldiers, their families and our veterans. We owe a debt to everyone who has served in our nation's military, as well as their families, for the sacrifices they have made to protect our country. We also owe it to them to make sure they have all the available tools and resources they deserve. Congress returned this week to pass the latest National Defense Authorization Act. is annual de- fense bill lays out all of the priori- ties to keep our military strong and support military families and veterans. is year, I was proud to work with my colleagues to include a record-setting number of provisions in the bill. ese provisions included a 10% increase in hazardous duty pay for those serving in eligible locations. is increase will sup- port our warfighters who put their lives on the line and is in ad- dition to an overall 11% pay raise for our troops since President Trump entered office. For members of the Special Operations Community, I secured improvements to the Preservation of the Force and Family pro- gram established to create a holistic approach to address pres- sures on the force and increased stress on operator's families. Military families make sacrifices for our country, too. at's why I secured language in the bill that will help improve future Impact Aid funding for schools in military communities. I also secured improvements to strengthen the Exceptional Family Member Program that supports special needs education for military families. Finally, for veterans, I worked across the aisle to ensure the Department of Veterans Affairs burn pit registry is expanded to include veterans who served in Syria. Our community has one of the fastest growing veteran populations in the country and we owe it to these heroes to take care of them both during and after they have served our country. After years of fighting in the Middle East, many of our servicemembers were exposed to toxic chemicals through the use of burn pits which have been linked to serious health conditions, including cancer. Together, these provisions in the NDAA will further support our troops, their families and our veterans. Also, as part of my commitment to our military, earlier this year I helped secure a President Unit Citation for the 30th Infantry Division for its ser- vice in World War II. Made up in part of National Guard soldiers from North Carolina and nicknamed the "Old Hickory Divi- sion" after President Andrew Jackson, the division landed on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day and became a vital part of the Allied effort to defeat Nazi Germany. Among their accomplishments, the division of 13,000 soldiers held off an advance of 80,000 German troops at Mortain, France in August 1944. His- torical records indicate that general, and later president, Dwight D. Eisenhower intended for the 30th Infantry Division to be recognized with the Presidential Unit Citation. However, the designation went overlooked for nearly 70 years. Former Congressman Larry Kissell fought for the 30th Infan- try Division's recognition and when I came into office, he asked me to carry on the fight. I worked for more than seven years throughout the Obama and Trump administrations to have the 30th recognized. Finally, nearly 75 years after their heroic stand at Mortain, in March President Donald Trump directed the U.S. Army to award the Presidential Unit Citation and ensure these veterans get the credit they deserve. is week, the citation was presented to the 30th Infantry Divi- sion at a ceremony at the North Carolina National Guard. is ceremony was a culmination of years of hard work and I have been proud to work with so many veterans, the North Carolina National Guard and President Trump to make it happen. You can rest assured that as long as I am your Congressman, I will continue to do everything I can to support our troops, their families and our veterans. Richard Hudson Member of Congress Showing our troops the support they deserve by RICHARD HUDSON HIGH HIGH 93 93 LOW LOW 74 74 HIGH HIGH 92 92 HIGH HIGH 91 91 HIGH HIGH 92 92 HIGH HIGH 91 91 LOW LOW 74 74 LOW LOW 73 73 AUGUST 3 AUGUST 2 JULY 31 AUGUST 4 JULY 30 THURSDAY FRIDAY SUNDAY MONDAY HIGH HIGH 92 92 LOW LOW 75 75 50 60 LOW LOW 74 74 TUESDAY LOW LOW 74 74 Rain Scattered Thunderstorms Scattered Thunderstorms Rain PM Thunderstorms Scattered Thunderstorms AUGUST 1 SATURDAY 60 50 50 40 Military families make sacrifices for our country, and they deserve our support.

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