Members of American Legion Post 147 of Rockingham traveled to Raleigh on May 23 for Legislative Day hosted by The American Legion Department of North Carolina, and the N.C. Veterans Council.
The group from Richmond County met with state lawmakers, State Rep. Ken Goodman and State Sen. William Purcell.
All major veteran groups were present to discuss pending legislation before the General Assembly during the next 12 months, specifically the laws that would apply to them.
Making the trip from Rockingham were Carlton Hawkins, Robert Steele, and Jeff Joyner.
The post members gathered with other veteran’s groups at the Legislative Building. Each veteran’s organization had a display table, along with the visits from respective representatives to talk about issues and pending bills involving military personnel, veterans and their families.
Issues before the 2011-2012 General Assembly include: creating a Cabinet-level Department of Military and Veterans Affairs; encouraging military veteran contractor use; allowing licensure by endorsement for military personnel and military spouses; equal tax treatment of government retiree benefits; and more.
Collectively, the veterans groups ask state lawmakers “to enact legislation which will improve state-sponsored benefits for veterans and military personnel.”