American Legion members lobby in Washington, D.C.

Roy Bressler, Lakeville, right, stands with Past National Commander Dan Ludwig, Red Wing, in Washington, D.C. A group of Minnesotans traveled to the nation’s Capitol to lobby for veterans rights on behalf of The American Legion. Photo submitted.
Roy Bressler, Lakeville, right, stands with Past National Commander Dan Ludwig, Red Wing, in Washington, D.C. A group of Minnesotans traveled to the nation’s Capitol to lobby for veterans rights on behalf of The American Legion. Photo submitted.
Heather Larson, Apple Valley, right, stands with Past National Commander Dan Ludwig, Red Wing, in Washington, D.C. A group of Minnesotans traveled to the nation’s Capitol to lobby for veterans rights on behalf of The American Legion. Photo submitted.
Heather Larson, Apple Valley, right, stands with Past National Commander Dan Ludwig, Red Wing, in Washington, D.C. A group of Minnesotans traveled to the nation’s Capitol to lobby for veterans rights on behalf of The American Legion. Photo submitted.

Heather Larson, a member of the American Legion from Apple Valley, and Roy Bressler, an American Legion member from Lakeville, were in Washington, D.C., recently lobbying for issues that affect American war veterans and the military.

Larson is the assistant department service officer for the Minnesota American Legion and Bressler is a member of the Minnesota American Legion’s Rehabilitation Committee. The two were part of a delegation of 30 Minnesotans in Washington.

The delegation met with 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:

• Protect the American flag. A constitutional amendment is needed to protect the American flag from physical desecration.

• Fully fund national defense. The global war on terrorism will continue with new challenges. Our military and national security must be fully funded.

• Gender-specific care for women veterans. Women veterans have different military experiences than their male counterparts, and have specific care needs with regard to the Veterans Administration.

The delegation spent four days in Washington and attended informational sessions on critical issues. There are 78,000 members in about 560 posts in the Minnesota American Legion.