When Louise found out that 80 percent of the Marines killed in the Iraq War could have survived with adequate body armor, she decided to do something about it. That’s when Louise began her years-long effort, working with the Pentagon to change the testing procedures for body armor resulting in 16,000 pieces of faulty armor being recalled from combat zones from Iraq. Louise’s work led to improved testing protocols for body armor and helped ensure our troops have the protection they need on the battlefield.

“In my many years of public service, I cannot recall any Member of Congress who has exhibited more grit and determination than Louise Slaughter has in her work to keep our war fighters safe. She has been relentless in her determination to get servicemen and women the life-saving body armor they need and deserve. She is truly one of this country’s heroes.”
Former Inspector General, U.S. Department. of Defense