Travel pool 2 -- excepts and background for American Legion speech

From: Dave Boyer
Date: August 23, 2017 at 8:20:03 AM MST
Subject: Travel pool 2 -- excepts and background for American Legion speech

On Background from a White House Spokesman

Today in Reno, Nevada, President Donald J. Trump will deliver remarks to the American Legion’s 99th National Convention. The American Legion was instrumental in passing the recently-signed Forever GI Bill, and continues to advocate on behalf of American veterans. After his remarks, the President will sign the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act, which passed the Senate unanimously earlier this month. This legislation will streamline the lengthy process that veterans undergo when appealing their claims for disability benefits with the VA. More than 470,000 veterans are still waiting for decisions regarding their appeals. The American Legion, along with the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA), Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) and AMVETS supported and advocated for the passage of this legislation, and have continued to work with the Trump Administration to ensure our veterans are a priority.

The following individuals are expected to participate:

American Legion National Leadership:

Charles Schmidt, American Legion National Commander

Daniel Wheeler, American Legion National Adjutant

John Comer, American Legion Past National Commander

Daniel Dellinger, American Legion Past National Commander

Daniel Ludwig, American Legion Past National Commander

Verna Jones, American Legion Executive Director

Additional Guests:

Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) leadership

Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) leadership

Disabled American Veterans (DAV) leadership

Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) leadership

AMVETS leadership

Approximately 10,000 veterans and members of the American Legion

Excerpts from the President's Remarks:

Today, we are here to honor you for the sacrifices you have made to defend our nation and preserve our way of life.

But we are also here for another reason. We are here to hold you up as an example of the strength, courage and love that our country will need to overcome every challenge that we face. We are here to draw inspiration from you as we seek to renew the bonds of loyalty that bind us together as one people and one nation.
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If American Patriots could secure our Independence, carve out a home in the wilderness, and free millions from oppression around the world, that same sense of patriotism, courage, and love can help us create a better future for our people today.

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It is time to heal the wounds that have divided us, and to seek a new unity based on the common values that unite us.  We are one people, with one home, and one flag.

Dave Boyer

The Washington Times

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