Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes was privileged to speak to members of the Kentucky American Legion Post 121 who are deploying to Africa, where members of the Kentucky National Guard, 2nd Battalion, 138th Field Artillery, are currently serving. The purpose of the mission is to provide support to returning troops, including information regarding benefits, group memberships and other vital services.
Grimes said, “I applaud the Legionnaires for going into theater to help prepare members of the 138th Fires Brigade for their return home and continuing to show our men and women in uniform that we stand with and for them. Kentucky is home to more than 350,000 veterans, the fourth most among the United States, and Kentucky’s Legionnaires truly are at the forefront of veterans’ services.”
The mission is close to Grimes’ heart, as she spoke to the 565 deployed National Guard members and their friends and families at their deployment ceremony last August and visited with Kentuckians in the Middle East in September in order to assess and improve military voting procedures. Earlier this week, the General Assembly passed Senate Bill 1, which includes Grimes’ recommendation to extend military voting protections to members of the National Guard.
American Legion Commander of Post 121, Dr. Peter Trzop, will be the team leader. He said, "Given the current conditions in the United States, nothing is better than having people from all walks of life come together, united in cause, to rally support for our soldiers and veterans. I thank Secretary Grimes and others in Frankfort for working with people like State Senator Jimmy Higdon to address the needs of our military members. Many good people doing great things."
“Our military deserves our full support at all stages,” said Grimes. “This program is a great way to help them transition from deployment and show our appreciation for their service.”