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American Legion caravan to visit Morris on Tuesday

Published: Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

MORRIS – The American Legion Department of Illinois’ annual caravan began this week and will stop in Morris on Tuesday.

The caravan’s theme this year is “Veterans Assistance and Rehabilitation,” and it will focus on delivering key updates to military service personnel about issues that directly impact them, and to attract new members to the American Legion’s active base, according to a news release.

“This is an opportunity for local American Legion Posts to meet with leadership from national, state and district levels; an opportunity for those interested in the American Legion to learn more about what the American Legion does and for veterans in general to hear from our national headquarters regarding veterans issues,” said Ken Buck, superintendent of the Grundy County Veterans Assistance Commission, in an email about the caravan.

The caravan kicked off Thursday. The caravan visits different posts around the state and features National Vice Commander Robert Newman, and other state and local leaders. Issues to be discussed include veterans’ healthcare, Medicare reimbursement, operation of the National Emergency Fund and the women veterans program.

“This is an unprecedented time in our nation’s history, with so many in need – our veterans especially need our help, and we have a moral obligation to support them,” Newman said in the news release. “I invite everyone to join us in our annual family membership caravan at a post near you.”

A complete schedule of the stops can be found at www.illegion.org.

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