Carson joins Armed Services Committee

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Indianapolis Congressman Andre Carson, D-Seventh District, has been named to the House Armed Services Committee.

The committee oversees issues including defense policy, ongoing military operations, the organization and reform of the Department of Defense and Department of Energy. Carson’s district is home to several defense industry companies that employ thousands of workers.

"The men and women of our armed services are the truest examples of patriotism and character," Carson said in a news release. "The policies and programs that impact their work are of critical importance to our national security and the overall success of this nation. I am honored to join the Armed Services Committee and to work with my colleagues as we seek to empower their service and honor their sacrifice."

Since taking office in 2008, Carson has had notable legislative success in issues dealing with the armed services. In 2011, two pieces of his legislation were signed into law by President Barack Obama: the Service Members Mental Health Screening Act, which ensures comprehensive evaluation of mental health assessments before and after deployment, and the Military Families Financial Preparedness Act, which provides service members and their spouses with financial counseling before leaving the military.

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