Randy and Peggy Tesdahl, members of the American Legion from Elk River, were in Washington, D.C., recently, lobbying for issues that affect American war veterans and the military.
Randy, the department adjutant of the Minnesota American Legion, and Peggy, a member of the auxiliary, were part of a delegation of 30 Minnesotans in Washington.
The delegation met with nearly every Minnesota representative and senator and urged an agenda of veterans programs that Congress will be dealing with in the future.
Included in the lobbying efforts were:
•Protect the American flag. A constitutional amendment is needed to protect the American flag from physical desecration.
•Fully fund national defense. The global war on terrorism will continue with new challenges. The U.S. military and national security must be fully funded.
•Gender-specific care for female veterans. Women have different military experiences than their male counterparts and have specific care needs with regard to the Veterans Affairs.
The delegation spent four days in Washington and attended informational sessions on critical issues. There are 78,000 members about 560 posts in the Minnesota American Legion.