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Tuesday, August 31, 2010 - 10:30am

Bill Would Lower Military Drinking Age

US Representative Jack Kingston wants to lower the drinking age for men and women serving in the military.

The Republican, who represents Georgia’s 1st Congressional district that spans Savannah to Valdosta, is co-sponsoring a bill.

It would allow service members age 18 and up to buy beer or wine on base if it’s consumed on-site, such as in a bar or restaurant.

Hard liquor would still be off-limits until age 21.

Kingston says if we trust a soldier to drive a tank and shoot a missile, we should trust him or her to drink on base.

"We’re killing kids in Afghanistan whom we don’t allow to have a drink in public. That just doesn’t make sense ... I think that we owe it to the men and women who are in uniform to have this discussion."

Kingston represents four Georgia military installations.

He says he introduced the bill this summer because America has been at war for nearly a decade.

Currently, there are no pending actions on the bill once the House re-convenes in September.

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