Congress's Military Spouse
Politico has a great profile of Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.) today that covers everything from her marriage to Navy officer and astronaut Mark Kelly to the last time she changed a tire in Arizona. I've met Rep. Giffords on a couple of occasions, including a military readiness roundtable in her district last year -- her office asked me to talk on the state of America's ground forces. She's one of the sharpest members in Congress, by far. But what impressed me was the depth of her respect and compassion for America's servicemembers, and her currency on defense issues.
And now, after reading the Politico article, I understand part of the reason: Giffords is the only military spouse in Congress. There are military parents in Congress, and there are many staffers who are part of military families. This is important. Part of this is gender-driven, of course: most military spouses are women, because most military personnel are men, and women are underrepresented in Congress. And there are fewer veterans in Congress today, too, for a variety of demographic reasons.
The result is a diminished human connection between Congress and the military, yet another sign of the civil-military divide.
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