News from Representative Rouzer


Dear friends,

This month, President Trump signed the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservative, Management, and Recreation Act into law, which includes a provision I authored along with Senator Thom Tillis, to direct the Secretary of the Interior to annually designate at least one city in the nation as an “American World War II City.” 

World War II required a nationwide effort to assist with the many components of war production.  The city of Wilmington was regarded as the defense capital of the state during the war by supporting America’s military through shipbuilding, fertilizer production, agriculture production, manufacturing of all types of products including clothing, and in many other ways.

No one can attest to these efforts better than Captain Wilbur D. Jones of Wilmington.  Captain Jones is retired from the U.S. Navy; he is an active veteran and a war historian who has been working to preserve World War II history for the past two decades.

Following eleven years of hard work and exceptional dedication by Captain Jones, I am so pleased that his idea to honor cities for the preservation of their significant contributions during World War II is one huge step closer to becoming reality.  Our community and state are extremely fortunate to have Captain Jones leading the fight to honor the City of Wilmington for her legacy and mighty contributions during the war.   The next step is for the Department of the Interior to put this program in place and begin naming cities deemed worthy of this designation based on criteria established by the new law.  


Our Wilmington office was recently selected to participate in the federal Wounded Warrior Fellow program by the House Administration Committee.  This is an honor that only select offices receive.  Consequently, we are currently seeking a wounded or medically retired veteran to assist with veterans-related casework and act as a facilitator between constituents and federal, state, and local agencies.  This position is a two-year paid fellowship based in our Wilmington office.

The Wounded Warrior Fellowship Program was established by the House of Representatives to provide employment opportunities for wounded or disabled veterans.  To qualify, veterans must meet all of the following requirements: honorably discharged, released from active duty within the last five years, terminal pay grades at or below E-5 or O-3, 20% or greater service connected disabilities (waived if you have a Purple Heart).  Veterans who are in receipt of a 20-year or Temporary Early Retirement Authorization (TERA) retirement are not eligible for the program.

Interested veterans should go to and search “Wounded Warrior Fellowship Program” for more information and how to apply.



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