Combat Veterans for Congress’ Statement Endorsing Joe Miller for U.S. Senate

Picture_Joe_Standing_By_Tank21c4daThe Combat Veterans for Congress announced its endorsement of Joe Miller for the U.S. Senate. The group released the following statement in part:

The Combat Veterans For Congress PAC is pleased to endorse Combat Veteran and fiscal conservative Joe Miller for the US Senate from Alaska. A patriot, not a politician, former Captain Joseph Miller, Esq., USMA ’89, USA (R-AK-Senate) of Fairbanks, Alaska served in the U.S. Army on active duty from June 1989 to September 1992, during which he deployed to the Middle East for Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He is seeking the Republican nomination to the US Senate for the opportunity to run against Alaska’s Democratic Senator Mark Begich, who marches in lock step with Harry Reid’s tax and spend policies. 

Begich voted for the Stimulus Bill, the flawed Obama Care Health Bill, and supported the Obama/Reid big government agenda ninety-one percent of the time. Joseph Miller was born and raised inSalina, Kansas; he grew up in a working class family, his father was a minister, and his parents ran a bookstore. Joe graduated from Salina Central High School in 1985. He attended the US Military Academy at West Point, New York where he was a member of the Officers Christian Fellowship; Cadet Miller graduated in June 1989 with honors, received a Bachelor of Science Degree, and majored in American Political Science. He subsequently earned a JD, Law Degree from Yale Law School in 1995 and an MS in Economics from the University of Alaska in Fairbanks in 2008.

In June 1989, upon graduation from the US Military Academy, Cadet Joseph Miller was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the US Army.  Second Lieutenant Miller previously went thru advanced summer training while a Cadet at West Point and was awarded the Parachute and Air Assault Badges.  Following graduation from West Point, Lieutenant Miller attended Armor Officer Basic Course and the Scout Platoon Leader Certification Course at Fort Knox; he was subsequently assigned to the First Infantry Division at Fort Riley, Kansas. 

In December 1990, Lieutenant Miller, an armor officer, deployed to Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm with the First Infantry Division. He was subsequently involved in combat action and participated in the liberation of Kuwait. In May 1991, Lieutenant Miller returned to the United States with the First Infantry Division. Lt. Miller was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation as well as numerous other service and campaign medals for military service and combat action. In 1997, Cpt. Miller was released from the Individual Ready Reserve and received an Honorable Discharge for his honorable service in the US Army. 
Because of his love of the outdoors, in 1994 Joe Miller headed to the Last Frontier. After graduating  from Yale Law School, he accepted a position in a prestigious law firm in Anchorage, then, in 1998, at age 30, he was appointed a State Magistrate (the youngest then serving in Alaska) in the little village of Tok, as well as a Superior Court Master of the Fourth Judicial District. Four years later, further honors followed when Judge Miller was appointed an Acting State District Court Judge and, shortly thereafter, U. S. Magistrate Judge in Fairbanks. Again, he had the distinction of being the youngest then serving Federal Judge, not only in the state, but also in the entire nation. He was also the only judge in the United States, at that time, serving at both federal and state levels simultaneously.

In 2004, Judge Miller stepped down from the bench to run for State Representative. He overwhelmingly won the contested Republican primary and nearly pulled off an upset in the general election, receiving 48% of the vote against the Democratic incumbent, in a traditionally Democratic district; that was the closest re-election campaign the officeholder ever faced. Joe returned to the successful full-time practice of law in his own firm.  He has represented clients (including local government as both a part-time employee and on contract) in a wide variety of cases, a number of which have gone all the way to the Alaska Supreme Court.  
In April 2010, Joe Miller decided to run for the US Senate and pulled off a stunning upset victory in the US Senate Republican primary, narrowly defeating incumbent Senator Lisa Murkowski. During the race, Joe received many high profile endorsements including Gov Sarah Palin, Gov Mike Huckabee, Laura Ingraham, Mark Levin, Alaska Right to Life, as well as from numerous state and local officials and tea party groups. His experience in the military, as an attorney, and as an Alaskan State Magistrate and Federal Judge prepared former Cpt. Miller to become the voice of the people; he always worked to protect and defend the US Constitution and intends to rein in the out of control spending of the Obama/Reid agenda. 

[Miller] will also work diligently to join like-minded constitutional conservatives Senators to take control of the Congress from the hands of the inept Democratic leadership, and return it to the hands of the American people. [He] is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (life Member), the NRA, Benefactor, and the Friends Church (nondenominational) in Fairbanks. He currently lives with his family in Fairbanks where he practices law. His wife, Kathleen, of 21 years, serves on the Alaskan Judicial Council, a commission that makes recommendations to the Governor concerning Alaska judicial nominees; they have 8 children, including a son who is currently a cadet at the US Military Academy at West Point.

The Combat Veterans For Congress PAC is pleased to endorse former Captain Joseph Miller, Esq., USA who will bring to Congress private sector skills and wisdom to better solve problems in government and represent the Alaska and the Republic. If you review Joe Miller’s positions on his website, you would be pleased with his stands; they agree with the Combat Veterans For Congress Mission Statement. We look forward to working with Joe Miller, and are pleased that a Combat Veteran of his caliber is running for the US Senate. If you have friends, associates, or relatives who know voters in Alaska, kindly pass this E-mail on to them, and ask them to support Joe Miller by working in his campaign, providing financial support for his campaign in any amount, and/or by networking with others who would be willing to support his campaign. The military is one of the few remaining institutions producing the caliber of men and women needed to restore this nation to the greatness our Founding Fathers envisioned. 

We have endorsed another Combat Veteran For Congress that General George Washington would have approved of.  He is a Veteran who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to “The United States of America” for an amount “up to and including his life.”

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