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Upton announces he will co-sponsor LEGION Act

Upton made his announcement during his remarks at the Michigan American Legion Convention

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Kalamazoo, June 28, 2019 | Josh Paciorek (202-225-3761) | comments

KALAMAZOO, MI – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today announced during remarks at the Michigan American Legion Convention in Kalamazoo that he will co-sponsor H.R. 1641, the LEGION Act, in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The American Legion’s membership periods are congressionally chartered, and the organization is prevented from expanding membership eligibility without an act of Congress. The LEGION Act would expand membership eligibility to honorably discharged veterans who have served in unrecognized times of war since World War II.

"The LEGION Act is just another example of how we’re working to take care of the veterans in our country,” Upton said. “It is important that those American heroes who fought in conflicts in places like Cuba, Iran, El Salvador, and in other unrecognized times of war are honored and celebrated for their selfless service to our nation. I will continue to fight each day to make sure we get this bipartisan bill passed and signed by President Donald Trump.”

The Senate-version of the bill – introduced by Senators Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) - passed unanimously earlier this month, and the House is expected to soon vote on its version.

The LEGION Act is the latest example of Upton and the Congress taking steps to better care for our veterans. Earlier this month, the VA Mission Act took effect after it was passed last year and signed by President Trump. Upton also helped pass the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act which extends the presumption of exposure to Agent Orange to veterans who served in the offshore waters of Vietnam, allowing all veterans who have disabilities because of exposure to Agent Orange to receive the benefits they deserve.

Click here to learn more about the LEGION Act.

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