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Governor Bobby Jindal Awards Over 160 LA Veteran Honor Medals at American Legion Convention and Signs Bill into Law Expanding Access for Veterans

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Location: Alexandria, LA


Governor Bobby Jindal Awards Over 160 LA Veteran Honor Medals at American Legion Convention and Signs Bill into Law Expanding Access for Veterans

Today, Governor Bobby Jindal addressed the American Legion state convention in Alexandria where he awarded more than 160 of the state's veterans with the Louisiana Veterans' Honor Medal and signed House Bill 165 into law that will expand the eligibility of Louisiana's veterans to reside at one of the state's five War Veterans Homes. In signing the veteran's bill, Governor Jindal was joined by Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs (LDVA) Secretary Lane Carson, author of House Bill 165 State Representative John Bel Edwards and American Legion officials.

Governor Jindal said, "This bill expands access to care to thousands of Louisiana's veterans. Before today we were just one of twelve states that restricted eligibility at our veterans' homes to wartime veterans only. Our veterans courageously served our country and it's our duty to make sure they get the benefits they deserve."

On the American Legion, Governor Jindal said, "The American Legion has a storied history and is constantly working to ensure that the future of the organization and its values are firmly rooted in our society. Through community outreach, the American Legion has spread their message of service and sacrifice.

"From sponsoring American Legion Baseball to coordinating Boys State and Girls State Programs to recognizing individuals whose service has improved the community - the American Legion has ensured that values of community, service, and liberty are ever-present in the heart of all Louisianians. Indeed, the American Legion has made a commitment to advance America's democratic principles and be a voice for the thousands of men and women who courageously served our country.

"Most importantly though, the members of the American Legion look out for each other and their families. The bond that you share is unbreakable and makes certain that the needs of every servicemember and their families are heard."

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