Mar 31, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Rep. Max Rose deploys to National Guard to help coronavirus response

Max Rose.

Rep. Max Rose. Photo: Brochstein/Echoes Wire/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

Rep. Max Rose (D-N.Y.) will deploy to the National Guard for several weeks to help with coronavirus response efforts in New York, the epicenter of the crisis in the United States, his office announced Monday.

The big picture: Starting Wednesday, Rose will spend several weeks working as an operations officer in his home district of State Island. The 33-year-old previously served as an active-duty officer in Afghanistan from 2012 to 2013 and earned a Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Combat Infantry Badge.

  • Rose has continued to serve in the Army National Guard since he became a member of Congress in 2019.

What he's saying: “Over the past month I have seen acts of incredible bravery and sacrifice by our first responders, nurses, doctors, and essential workers who never thought they’d be on the frontlines of a crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic,” Rose said.

  • “My activation and deployment is nothing compared to what our city, state, and country has asked of all them. And it’s certainly nothing compared to the other men and women serving in uniform both here at home and overseas. I am just trying to do my duty and my small part.”
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