U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow today honored the service and sacrifice of Michigan veterans while speaking at the AMVETS Department of Michigan Commander's and President's Banquet in Port Huron. The dinner was part of AMVETS' four-day, 67th Annual Convention at the Thomas Edison Inn. Senator Stabenow has led the fight to make sure that veterans get the care they need and bring veterans health clinics to Michigan, including a new community-based outpatient clinic in Bad Axe that opened last fall and a new clinic opening soon in Cadillac.
"Our veterans put their lives on the line to keep our country safe, and we owe them our unwavering support," Senator Stabenow said. "That's why making sure our veterans receive the quality professional care they have earned has been one of my top priorities in the Senate."
"We invited Senator Stabenow to speak tonight at our banquet because we know she is 100 percent behind our veterans," Vincent Carr, Dept. of Michigan AMVETS Commander said. "We support her efforts and policies that she reaffirmed tonight to help Michigan veterans, and we are 100 percent behind her."
With Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Day on June 27, Senator Stabenow also applauded legislation that was signed into law last year that addresses issues such as PTSD or traumatic brain injury. The Department of Veterans Affairs can now provide mental health services and counseling at veterans centers across the country. It also provides scholarships to veterans pursuing graduate or postgraduate degrees in behavioral science.
AMVETS was founded in 1944 and was originally called American Veterans of World War II - it is now simply known as AMVETS. The AMVETS Department of Michigan has 64 posts around the state. President John F. Kennedy was a former AMVETS post commander. Membership in AMVETS is open to anyone who is currently serving, or who has honorably served, in the U.S. Armed Forces from World War II to the present, including the National Guard and Reserves.
According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, there are approximately 700,000 veterans in Michigan.