Gov. Sam Brownback has proclaimed Wednesday "Armed Forces Appreciation Day" in Kansas.
The governor says it's "a chance to show our deep gratitude for their service and sacrifice--and the sacrifice made by their families. Today we pledge our support for them in peace, in crisis, and in war."
Kansas' military installations--Forbes Field, Fort Leavenworth, Fort Riley, Great Plains Joint Training Center, and McConnell Air Force Base--generate more than $8 billion to the Gross State Product. Together, they generate more than $390 million in property and income taxes. Gov. Brownback says it's in the state's best interest to foster strong partnerships between local governments and the military.
Following the proclamation signing, the Governor's Military Council met to get an update on federal military-related issues, and to discuss their effects on Kansas.