Delegation of Michigan Legionnaires head to Washington D.C.

LANSING, MICHIGAN, OCT. 27, 2011 – A delegation of American Legion Department of Michigan Legionnaires are heading to Washington, D.C. in hopes of meeting with Michigan Congressman Dave Camp (R- 4th District) and Congressman Fred Upton (R-6th District) on Wednesday November 2nd, 2011.  Congressman Camp and Congressman Upton are members of the budget super-committee; the American Legion opposes deep cuts to the Department of Defense or Veterans Administrations budget.

 “After 10 years of war and current military obligations America’s military readiness, equipment and the care of our veterans should be a priority to the Congress to maintain, not cut. Our service members are at war and need the equipment they have to be working properly.  Our veterans deserve better then a 14 month back log on compensation and pension claims currently at the Detroit Regional Office” says Patrick Lafferty, the Michigan Legion Department Adjutant

The Michigan delegation consists of Al Ford –Past Department Commander, John Skinner – Past Department Commander, Patrick Lafferty, Department Adjutant, and Doug Williams, Department Legislative Chairman.  The delegation will be a part of the 42 other Legionnaires summoned to Washington, D.C. by National Commander Fang Wong in hopes of meeting with the entire committee on November 2nd, 2011.

The American Legion Department of Michigan represents over 70,000 members in the State of Michigan. The American Legion was founded in 1919, based on “The Four Pillars”; veteran rehabilitation, Americanism, child welfare, and national security and continued above all its mission as a consumers’ advocate for veterans. For more information contact the Michigan Legion at 517-371-4720 ext 16,, or visit our website at


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