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3/8/2018 Legion Commander lobbies in D.C.
Carol Kennedy, Commander of American Legion Post 170 Westcliffe, was in Washington, D.C. in late February to meet with legislators to promote various veteransí issues. She and other members of the National American Legion Marketing Commission from throughout the U.S. were in the nationís capital where they visited with virtually every elected senator and representative to discuss the Legionís 2018 natural priorities and to explain why those priorities are important. The Marketing Commission is the group that gets the Legion message out to veterans, the public and national and state government elected officials as well as marketing the recruiting effort to retain and build worldwide membership in the American Legion. These meetings in D.C. are part of an annual effort to get the message to elected officials. Some of the key elements of the Legionís Legislative Agenda include: support of the Veteranís Administrationís suicide prevention efforts, to limit outsourcing and to unify VA's programs, to fund a superior national defense as the global war on terror continues, and to create lifetime electronic health records. Other topics discussed included efforts to reclassify cannabis for medical research, institute gender-specific health care for women veterans, support those who care for wounded veterans, defend Veterans educational benefits, repeal unfair offsets that penalize disabled veterans and widows, provide mandatory end-of-service exams for reservists, ensure those returning from active duty retain re-employment rights, continue funding programs to end veteran homelessness, and to protecting the American Flag.