Bipartisan group of veterans uses battlefield experience to navigate Capitol Hill

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Veterans of a bipartisan congressional caucus said their shared military experience and dedication to serving the country helped them overcome political differences and work together on national security issues.

“We’re used to being part of something bigger than ourselves,” Rep. Jared Golden, a Democrat from Maine, told Fox News. “This shared respect we have for what we did when we were in uniform makes it much easier for us to keep working.”

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The For Country Caucus is a bipartisan collection of 25 military veterans made up of 11 Democrats and 14 Republicans. The group focuses on issues important to national security, such as keeping the government’s cybersecurity prowess up to date and ensuring the United States can compete with China.

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“We have times where there are disagreements,” Rep. Don Bacon told Fox News. “We had to work on some things, and that’s how it should be.”

“I think we have a really good relationship on both sides of the aisle because of that,” Bacon, who served in the Air Force, added.

Rep. Bacon and Rep. Golden discuss the For Country Caucus

Rep. Bacon and Rep. Golden discuss the For Country Caucus
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“We will all put our country before partisanship,” the Nebraska Republican said.

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Golden had a simpler explanation.

“We just have a commitment to stay at the table no matter what. It’s as simple as that,” the former Marine told Fox News.

“If it’s important to you, then you have to do it,” Golden added. “Show up, sit down, keep talking.”

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