A gift to the Greatest Generation
Posted at 3:36 PM on March 20, 2007 by Bob Collins (1 Comments)
Folks who know me, and not many people do, know I'm a huge fan of the Greatest Generation; and not just the folks who served -- as my father did -- but the folks who were back here., like my mother, and my grandmother, who worked at Fort Devens in Massachusetts where POWs were housed and where troops going over there stopped first.
That was a generation that knew what sacrifice meant -- and it wasn't about putting magnetic ribbons on the SUV.
So I was interested in the fate of HF1901/SF1789, which passed the House Agriculture, Rural Economies and Veterans Affairs Finance Division.
There's a World War II memorial being dedicated -- finally -- in St. Paul soon. The money requested in this bill -- $500,000 -- would help pay to provide transportation and housing for Minnesota World War II veterans to attend. Certainly, a lot less than a few years ago, when a lot more vets were still alive.
I'm guessing this one becomes law, with MFL points to Faust; Lieder; Heidgerken; Slawik; Morrow; Doty; Tschumper; Olin; Kalin; Moe; Simon in the House.
The Finance Division will be reviewing the bills next week, for rolling into a Veterans' Omnibus Bill, and I hope they'll be able to fund programs for all generations of veterans. There are several that might make the difference of a vet living 60 years past their war or not.
Posted by Nancy G | March 23, 2007 10:30 PM