Five Republicans recently spoke out in support for the stamp, with 42 total bipartisan members of Congress so far this year (35 Democrats, 7 Republicans). Rep. Don Young (AK-01) joined Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski this month in support letters to issue a stamp that would tell the story of the Japanese American “Nisei” World War II soldiers. Congressmen Ed Royce (CA-39), Dana Rohrabacher (CA-48), and Ken Calvert (CA-42) also added their own letters from California.
Ms. Brennan is considering a stamp subject proposal that would tell the Nisei story through the National Japanese American Memorial to Patriotism, located in Washington, DC. The soldiers are the cornerstone of the Memorial, which tells their story within the context of the wartime incarceration of Japanese Americans. We need your help to convince her to issue the stamp! Please tell the Military Affairs Assistant of your members of Congress to support this effort. Thank you!
Here are excepts from the recent letters:
From Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska: “While the Nisei of World War II have been honored by military decorations and the Congressional Gold Medal, many Americans are unaware of their story and their extraordinary contributions in the face of intolerable prejudice. It is fitting to again tell the story of these brave, selfless Americans and to bear witness to the fact that we are a nation of immigrants whose patriotism runs deep. I encourage you to not only support this request, but to champion this opportunity to honor the Nisei and the best of the American spirit.”
From Rep. Don Young of Alaska: “These servicemembers not only accomplished their assigned missions, but did so with incredible heroics…. To ensure that we do all we can to honor the incredible actions of the Nisei veterans, I strongly support the effort to issue a stamp to honor the service and sacrifice of these brave men and women.”
From Rep. Ed Royce (R) of California: “These American patriots rose to the occasion and served their country admirably despite the war hysteria and prejudice against them. I applaud the USPS for considering a proposal to create a stamp featuring the Memorial…. I believe that this would be an appropriate way to recognize the Japanese Americans who served our country admirably and support issuing a stamp.”
From Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R) of California: “These American patriots answered their nation’s call despite overwhelming prejudice against them and paid the ultimate price. For this they deserve our gratitude.“
From Rep. Ken Calvert (R) of California: “For these great sacrifices and contributions to our nation, I commend the USPS for considering a stamp proposal featuring the National Japanese American Memorial to Patriotism, located here in Washington, D.C. This gesture would be an appropriate to recognize and honor these American heroes….”
As of September 15, 2016, there are forty-two supporters from Congress (in alphabetical order):
Representatives Karen Bass (D, CA- 37), Julia Brownley (D, CA-26), Ken Calvert (R, CA-42), Judy Chu (D, CA-27), Paul Cook (R, CA-08), Susan Davis (D, CA-53), Mark DeSaulnier (D, CA-11), Anna Eshoo (D, CA-18), Sam Farr (D, CA-20), Tulsi Gabbard (D, HI-02), Raul Grijalva (D, AZ-03), Denny Heck (D, WA-10), Mike Honda (D, CA-17), Derek Kilmer (D, WA-06), Barbara Lee (D, CA-13), Ted Lieu (D, CA-33), Zoe Lofgren (D, CA-19), Alan Lowenthal (D, CA-47), Doris Matsui (D, CA-06), Jim McDermott (D, WA-07), Gregory Meeks (D, NY-05), Grace Napolitano (D, CA-32), Scott Peters (D, CA-52), Charles Rangel (D, NY-13), Dana Rohrabacher (R, CA-48), Ed Royce (R, CA-39), Loretta Sanchez (D, CA-46), Adam Schiff (D, CA-28), Adam Smith (D, WA-09), Jackie Speier (D, CA-14), Eric Swalwell (D, CA-15), Mark Takai (D, HI-01), Mark Takano (D, CA-41), Dina Titus (D, NV-01), Chris Van Hollen (D, MD-08), Nydia Velazquez (D, NY-07), and Don Young (R, AK-01).
Senators Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), and Ron Wyden (D-OR).