Rep. Johnson fights to keep commissary at Fort McPherson open

Congressman leads GA delegation on letter to Defense Secretary Hagel

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson (GA-04) today sent a letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel urging the Defense Department not to close the commissary at Fort McPherson in College Park before a new one is built at Dobbins Air Force Base in Marietta.

Rep. Johnson’s letter was signed by Georgia Sens. Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss, and Reps. John Barrow, Sanford Bishop, Paul Broun, Doug Collins, Phil Gingrey, Tom Graves, John Lewis, Tom Price, Austin Scott, David Scott and Lynn Westmoreland.

“The commissary at Fort McPherson serves thousands of veterans and service members across northeast Georgia, including the Atlanta region,” the letter said. “These heroes have earned this benefit through service to our nation. In these difficult economic times, with veterans and service members facing the impact of sequestration, reduced benefits, and the effects of two recent wars, it is deeply disappointing that the Department would make the decision to deprive Atlanta-area veterans of a commissary.”

To read the full letter, click HERE