Why Veterans Should Have a Voice and Office in State Government

Oct 20, 2010, 13:12 ET from American Legion, Department of Michigan

LANSING, Mich., Oct. 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following statement was released today by the American Legion, Department of Michigan:

No subject for consideration today is more timely or of greater importance than that of the returning veteran. The multitude of problems arising from this subject are already pressing for attention. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder & Traumatic Brain Injury being just two. These problems will grow in scope and intensity as we continue to prosecute our already ten year war against terror and a fanatical enemy. They will inevitably rise to a challenging peak when the war is concluded, win or lose. I ask all Seven Hundred & Twenty Thousand Michigan Veterans to join me in a common insistence that Michigan's obligation to her sons and daughters returning from this grueling war shall be met in full. We must plan for the health, education, employment, economic adjustment and social adaptation of those who have served. That is why now more than ever we must insist that our State government recognize and grant us a voice and Office similar to that created at the end of World War Two. At that time Governor Harry F. Kelly saw the need for the establishment of an Office of Veterans Affairs and acted to create one. The Veterans of our State deserve to be represented by veterans and not an office of Military Affairs. Not once in the last decade has the Office of Military Affairs gone before either appropriations committee in the House or Senate and asked for or supported the funding claims of veterans. No one understands or is more compassionate towards the needs of veterans than those who are veterans. I therefore urge the citizens of our state to support our cause and encourage those Senators and Representatives in Lansing to grant us our right to Autonomy and Self Control through an Office of Veteran Affairs. We know we have earned it.

Douglas Williams:

Department of Michigan American Legion Legislative Affairs Chairman

Department of Michigan Marine Corps League Legislative Director

Legislative Chairperson Commanders Group of Michigan

SOURCE American Legion, Department of Michigan