Today Arizona Senator Mark Kelly, who is also a U.S. Navy combat veteran and member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement on the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan:
“I am grateful to each of the more than 800,000 U.S. servicemembers, from those who signed up in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on our country, to those who rapidly deployed over the last few weeks, for their service in Afghanistan over the past twenty years. We owe a debt to them, and to the families and loved ones of those who did not return home, including the servicemembers who were killed and injured protecting the airlift that evacuated more than 120,000 people.
“I will continue working to assist Americans and Afghan partners trying to leave Afghanistan. Leaving any American citizen behind is unacceptable, and I will keep pushing this administration to do everything in its power to get our people out.”