The Katie Britt for Senate campaign announced on Friday that the “Veterans for Katie Britt” coalition has launched in support of her campaign for the U.S. Senate.

The coalition features hundreds of veterans from across Alabama. There are three co-chairs of the coalition: PFC Roy Drinkard (U.S. Marine Corps, Ret.), Command Sgt. Maj. Joe Singerhouse  (U.S. Army, Ret.), and Mike Izzo (a Marine and Army veteran with over 30 years of service).

Drinkard is a resident of Cullman County and the oldest living veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps in the state at age 102. He served the country in World War II.

The Britt campaign shared a video of Drinkard formally endorsing Britt.

“In the Senate, I will always fight for the brave men and women in uniform who keep our country safe, strong and free,” said Britt. “I’ll work to ensure our military personnel continue to be the best equipped and best-trained fighting force in the world, and I’ll support the ‘peace through strength’  doctrine preached by President Reagan and practiced by President Trump. When the members of our armed forces return home after concluding their selfless service, we must treat them like the heroes that they are. There is no doubt that America is failing our incredible veterans, who have never failed us; they are the best our country has to offer, yet our country is not giving them our best in return. It is far past time that this changes.”

Britt says that she has made supporting veterans a major priority on the campaign trail. She notes that the U.S. lost more veterans to suicide from 2008 to 2017 than the number of American troops who died during the entire Vietnam War. Access to high-quality, affordable mental health services is an issue especially important to veterans.

Britt said that she also believes that Veterans Affairs (VA), like all governmental bureaucracies, needs leaders with business backgrounds leading the charge to cut red tape, streamline staff and services and end corruption. She declared she will relentlessly work to push for reforms that see the VA operating at the speed of business, not the speed of government.

Britt is an attorney, the former CEO and President of the Business Council of Alabama and a former Chief of Staff for incumbent Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Alabama). Britt is a graduate of the University of Alabama and the University of Alabama School of Law. She is married to Cullman native Wesley Britt, who played football at the University of Alabama and for the New England Patriots. They now live in Montgomery with their two children.

Lillie Boddie, Britt, Mo Brooks, Karla Dupriest, Mike Durant, and Jake Schafer are all running in the May 24 Republican primary. 

Will Boyd, Brandaun Dean, and Lanny Jackson are running in the Democratic primary. The general election will be Nov. 8.

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