Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Veterans' Service Has Earned Them Best Government Can Give ; COMMUNITY COMMENT

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Veterans' Service Has Earned Them Best Government Can Give ; COMMUNITY COMMENT

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A few days ago I had the honor of speaking with members of the Indiana American Legion at their annual convention in downtown Indianapolis. As I looked around the room at those who are proud members of the Legion, I was reminded that they and others were willing to make the maximum sacrifice - to put themselves in harm's way - in order to protect the freedoms that we enjoy today. To those who served our nation so well and to those who continue to serve our nation as members of the military, thank you for your service. We owe you a debt that can never be repaid fully but should certainly always be remembered and always be honored.

I did not serve our nation as a member of the military and neither did my opponent. However, while serving as Speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives, I saw the contribution that the American Legion makes to enhance the quality of life for not only veterans, but all of the citizens of Indiana. I also witnessed the commitment members of the Legion made to live according to the principals set forth in the four (4) pillars of their organization: National Security, Americanism, Children and Youth and Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation.

Members of the Legion have formed the clearest of lines in the battle for democracy. For 237 years they have served our nation as the protectors of freedom from battlefields here in America to the deserts and mountains of Iraq and Afghanistan. Our troops have taken care of one another in battle. Now more than ever, it is our responsibility to ensure that we provide the servicees needed and required to support our veterans.

I am appalled to learn of the number of veterans' claims now pending with the Department of Veterans Affairs. With over 450,000 veterans in Indiana, the number of claims still pending is impacting over 20,000 veterans. …

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