NASHVILLE — Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Defense for his “leadership on public policy changes positively impacting the quality of life of Service members and their families.”

Norris serves as Chairman of the national Council of State Governments and launched a two-year workforce development and education initiative to assist veterans called State Pathways to Prosperity. He is also Chairman of the Veterans Subcommittee of the Senate State and Local Government Committee. This year, he authored and passed the 2014 VETS Act providing in-state tuition to veterans upon discharge and incentivizing “vets-friendly” college campuses.

“It is with great pleasure that the Department of Defense presents you with this certificate of appreciation signed by Rosemary Freitas Williams, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy,” said Dr. Thomas L. Langdon, State Liaison and Education Opportunity Director, in a letter to Senator Norris. “Please accept our appreciation and that of the Service members and families residing in your state for your dedicated effort towards improving their quality of life.”

Senator Norris has sponsored numerous other laws during his legislative tenure helping veterans, including the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children, legislation helping deployed parents deal with custody issues, and was instrumental this year in obtaining state funding for site evaluation and acquisition of land for the next state veterans home in West Tennessee. He received the coveted AMVETS Silver Bayonet Award during the AMVETS Annual Meeting in Gatlinburg earlier this year.

“Veterans Day serves as a reminder of the importance of honoring those who protect our freedom,” said Senator Norris. “Faced with tremendous challenges, our veterans have responded with great skill, courage and honor. It is important that we honor those sacrifices by taking care of them when they come home. I appreciate this award and will continue to work to improve services for our service men and women.”

Norris is the son of a B-24 pilot. He represents District 32 including Shelby and Tipton Counties and has served as Senate Majority Leader since 2007.

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