On behalf of its 700,000 veterans, military families and civilian supporters, VoteVets PAC is endorsing Tom McDermott for Congress from Indiana’s First Congressional District, today.
“When we’re talking about what is sorely needed in Washington, right now, it comes down to two things – people who put others above themselves, and people who understand the security challenges we face as a nation, especially in these very challenging times,” said Jon Soltz, Iraq War veteran and Chairman of VoteVets. “Tom is the embodiment of both. We’re talking about a man who decided at a young age that his life was going to be a life of service, and that he wanted to protect our nation and keep us safe. He’s going to be a fantastic representative, and we’re proud to endorse him.
As a young man, Tom McDermott enlisted in the United States Navy and served six years, with four of them as a nuclear submariner aboard the USS Hyman G. Rickover (SSN 709). He served as a nuclear electrician and passed the strenuous U.S. Navy Dive School to become one of only two of the ship’s divers. Tom received an honorable discharge and moved back to the place he called home: Hammond.
In 2004, he became the youngest mayor ever elected in Hammond, Indiana. Sixteen years later, he is now the longest-serving mayor in the city’s history and was just elected to an unprecedented fifth term unopposed.