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Cotton Recognizes Arkansan of the Week: Sheila Beatty

September 15, 2016

Contact: Caroline Rabbitt (202) 224-2353 or Dylan Haney (501) 223-9081

Washington, D.C.- Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) this week recognized Sheila Beatty of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas as "Arkansan of the Week," for her dedication and service to Arkansas veterans.

You can find the full text of Senator Cotton's recognition on the Senate Floor below. A video of Senator Cotton's remarks can be viewed here.

I would like to recognize Sheila Beatty, of Hot Springs Village as this week's "Arkansan of the Week," for her dedication and service to Arkansas veterans.
When most people choose to retire they often seek out a life of rest and relaxation. But not Sheila. When she retired, Sheila chose a different path: honoring those who serve or have served in the United States Military.

Sheila honors our veterans and our soldiers in many ways-almost too many to mention here today. For years she's stood in the Patriot Guard flag line at every military funeral in Arkansas, no matter the distance from her hometown. And every time troops leave for deployment or return home from a tour, Sheila is there to meet them, with cookies, flags and always a big smile on her face. Sheila is active in the Arkansas Freedom Fund-a non-profit organization that supports members of the military, veterans, and their families through rehabilitative recreational outdoor activities. She often helps plan events for this wonderful organization as well.

But her activities don't end there. Sheila also makes an extra effort to support the veterans who need it most. She collects clothing and personal hygiene items for homeless veterans in Arkansas. She volunteers with the "No Veteran Dies Alone" program at the Veterans Hospital in Little Rock, where she sits by the bedsides of veterans who aren't able to have family or loved ones by their sides in their final hours. Her time with them provides comfort and relief to these men in women when they need it most.

And to those of you in Little Rock next week stop by the National POW/MIA Recognition Day reception in the state Capitol Rotunda. Sheila was instrumental in organizing that wonderful event.

Sheila's dedication to our Armed Forces and our veterans is inspiring. As a former soldier, I can tell you-people like Sheila help make military service more meaningful. Their impact on the lives of veterans cannot be overstated.

I am honored to recognize Sheila as this week's Arkansan of the Week. and join all Arkansans in thanking her for supporting our veterans. And urge everyone to join in her efforts.


The "Arkansan of the Week" initiative is designed to honor Arkansans who have gone above and beyond in their commitment to their communities, and to the state.

Senator Cotton will honor each "Arkansan of the Week" with a speech on the Senate Floor.

If you know someone who has made an impact on their local community or Arkansas as a whole, Senator Cotton would like to recognize them! To nominate someone for "Arkansan of the Week," send an email to with the following:

• Name of Nominee
• Detailed description of why they should be recognized as "Arkansan of the Week"
• Contact Info
• Photos if Available