Today, former governor Tommy Thompson addressed a group of veterans at the annual Disabled American Veterans Conference held in Appleton. A former enlisted member of the Wisconsin National Guard and Captain in the Army Reserves, Thompson discussed the important role that veterans play in America, as well as the issues that matter to our injured and disabled veterans.
"It's an absolute honor to be asked to address a group of American heroes," said Thompson. "These men and women deserve the upmost respect and recognition for their dedicated service to our security and freedom. Many of our heroes have made sacrifices greater than any of us can imagine. As governor, I signed more than 49 acts in recognition of or to benefit our veterans, and I ushered in preferred bidding status for veteran owned businesses. I will continue to work tirelessly to expand and improve the benefits available to our veterans and recognize their dedication to our great nation."
In 2002, Tommy was named Veterans Advocate of the Year by the National Association of State Directors of Veteran's Affairs for his extensive legislation and advocacy on behalf of veterans.