GWOT Memorial Bill Clears Congress, Heads to President

National VFW - 8/7/2017

The Senate this week unanimously passed the VFW-supported Global War on Terrorism Memorial Act, which exempts the GWOT Memorial from a provision in the Commemorative Works Act of 1986 that requires Congress to first wait 10 years after the official end of a military conflict before considering a war memorial in the nation’s capital. The House had passed its version of the bill earlier. The president is expected to sign the bill, which then allows the GWOT Memorial Foundation to work with the National Capital Memorial Advisory Commission to secure federal approval for acreage on the National Mall, as well as coordinate a national competition for the memorial’s design. "This memorial will be wholly dedicated to our 7,000 brothers and sisters who deployed with us, but did not return and their survivors,” said GWOT Memorial Foundation Founder and Executive Director Andrew Brennan, a VFW Life member of Post 3945 in Pittsburgh. "It is dedicated to the 1 million wounded warriors who are reclaiming their lives back here at home, [and] it is for the soldiers, airmen, sailors and Marines who struggle in their transition from combat deployments.”