Goede Represents American Legion in Washington D.C.
Washington, D.C.--William Goede, a member of the American Legion from Plainview, MN was in Washington D.C. recently lobbying for issues that affect American war veterans and the military.
Goede said, “It’s always an honor to meet personally with our Representatives and Senators to lay out The American Legion legislative priorities. It lets them ask questions, and for us to let them know the Veterans concerns. We owe them our efforts to ensure America never forgets it debts to those who carried out their missions. It’s a rewarding four days.”
Goede, chairman of the national American Legion’s National Guard and Reserves Forces Committee, was part of a delegation of 20 Minnesotans in Washington.
The delegation met with nearly every Minnesota nearly every Minnesota Representative and Senator, and urged an agenda of veterans programs that Congress will be dealing with in the future.
Included in the lobbying efforts were:
Wartime Serve. The American Legion is asking Congress to change the eligibility dates for joining the Legion to include every veteran from World War II to the present day. According to www.legion.org, more than 1,600 U.S. military men and women since the end of World War II have been killed or were wounded during times of armed conflict not recognized by the U.S. government. History is clear that the United States has been in a continuous state of wartime activity since the attack at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. In fairness to all who have served and sacrificed, not just those who fall within a government-defined window of dates, The American Legion passed Resolution 1 at its Fall 2018 National Executive Committee meeting calling on Congress to direct VA to expand the definition of “wartime veteran” to include all military personnel who served honorably under Title 10 orders for at least one day during this continuous period of armed conflict.
Mission Act. A major new law governing VA medical
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