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Iraq war veterans’ bill would pave way for national Global War on Terror Memorial

By Corey Dickstein 12 SEP 2016

Legislation introduced Monday evening by two congressmen could pave the way for a national memorial honoring the veterans of America’s longest and most recent wars – the post-9/11 conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. Reps. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., and Seth Moulton, D-Mass., who both served in Iraq, submitted the bill that would exempt the proposed Global War on Terrorism Memorial from a three-decade-old law that prohibits the building of a national war memorial “until 10 years after the officially designated end of such war or conflict.”

“Unlike most monuments that are built post-conflict, this would be a memorial that recognizes not only those that we have lost, but it is also a memorial that recognizes that this is a nation that remains at war,” Zinke said Monday. “The global war on terrorism is far from over, but building this memorial to those who have fought and those who will fight in the future would be an impressive message both for veterans and for America.”

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