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Statement by the Chairman on the Passing of Senator John McCain

Posted: August 25, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Chairman Joe Heck of the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service released the following statement on the passing of Senator John McCain:

“On behalf of the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service, I offer my heartfelt condolences to Mrs. Cindy McCain, her children and grandchildren, and the people of Arizona on the passing of Senator John McCain. Our nation has lost a true American hero who embodied service throughout his life. A proud naval aviator who persevered over five years of brutal captivity as a prisoner of war, Senator McCain was always a fighter and that is how he approached his diagnosis of an aggressive glioblastoma. Senator McCain lived his life with purpose, in service to others, and as an advocate for the American people. First elected to the Senate in 1986, Senator McCain consistently spoke on behalf of the people of Arizona and made many contributions to the security of our nation as Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

The commission is eternally grateful to Senator McCain. In the Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), Senator John McCain, along with Senator Jack Reed, created the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service. The bipartisan, 11-member commission was established to consider methods to increase participation in military, national, and public service, and review the military selective service process. As Senator John McCain said for our launch, “Our nation is at a crossroads, and we must decide how we want to foster a culture of service among American men and women from all walks of life.” As the commission continues our work for the next two years, we will uphold Senator McCain’s vision and look forward to sharing our final report and recommendations with the Senate Armed Services Committee and the McCain family. Senator McCain’s legacy will also continue in the commission through his nomination of Commissioner Steve Barney.

Thank you, Senator John McCain, for your service to our nation and for the legacy you leave behind.

The commissioners and I mourn Senator McCain’s passing, and hold the McCain family in our thoughts and prayers.”