Nov 2, 1999
Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Today, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney's (D-NY) legislation, H. J. Res. 46, that confers honorary veteran status of the United States Armed Services on Mr. Zachary Fisher.

"Mr. Zachary Fisher was an extraordinary man that received every honor our country could bestow on him, save one - to be a member of the military. He was honored by each of the branches of the Armed Forces, by the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs, by the major veterans service organizations and by the President of the United States with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Today, we have the opportunity to give him the one award he desired the most - the honor of being a veteran of the armed services of the United States," Mrs. Maloney said in her remarks.

H. J. Res. 46 highlights the lifetime of accomplishments and generosity of Zachary Fisher on behalf of the United States military service members, veterans, and their families. He was the creator of the nationally recognized sea-air-space museum, the USS Intrepid, in New York Harbor, he established Fisher House programs for relatives of critically ill members of the armed services and their families, and furnished scholarships and other financial support to families who lost loved ones in service to their country.

The legislation was strongly supported by Chairman of Appropriations, Bill Young (R-FL), Ranking Member of Defense Appropriations, John Murtha (D-PA), Chairman of Judiciary, Henry Hyde (R-IL), and Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX) and thirty-one military and veteran organizations.

The legislation will now be sent to the Senate for consideration. Senators Max Cleland (D-GA) and Daniel Moynihan (D-NY) have sponsored identical legislation in the Senate and are working for immediate consideration of the bill.