South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham said Friday that he will work to protect military benefits including Department of Defense (DOD) schools, golf courses on military installations and retiree income. The Republican senator was speaking in his home state at a press briefing hosted by the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Military Enhancement Committee.
Beaufort County includes the resort town of Hilton Head and is home to the Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort and Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island. Before taking the podium, Graham circled the room, speaking briefly with every guest and media member as he shook hands and thanked those assembled for coming.
Graham, who is up for re-election this year, gave media and Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce guests a "Washington update" with information relating to the military and other issues impacting the region during his briefing.
Graham said that most people do not understand the unique challenges that face military families at home and abroad. He said DOD schools help military dependents adjust to moves and golf courses help provide recreation for enlisted personnel who could not otherwise afford to play.
Graham speaks about military issues from experience. Prior to his service in the House, Graham logged six-and-a-half years of service on active duty as an Air Force lawyer. Part of his time was spent at Rhein-Main Air Force Base in Germany. After leaving active duty he continued his military service with the S.C. Air National Guard and in the U.S. Air Force Reserve.