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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Susan Collins met with Maine members of the American Legion.
“For more than a century, the American Legion has been committed to ensuring veterans and their families have access to the care and resources they have earned and deserve,” said Senator Collins. “Members of the American Legion are devoted to improving services for veterans across Maine and the nation. One of the important issues we discussed is the need to expand the availability of high-speed Internet so that veterans can access telehealth. I look forward to our continued work together to ensure that federal policies support veterans.”
Last week, Senator Collins introduced the American Broadband Buildout Act (ABBA), a bipartisan bill that would extend broadband to rural areas, a priority shared by the American Legion. In addition, she introduced the Advancing Uniform Transportation Opportunities (AUTO) for Veterans Act, bipartisan legislation that would reduce the financial burden for severely disabled veterans who require special adaptive equipment to drive a motor vehicle.
The American Legion is the largest wartime veterans service organization with 2.4 million members in more than 12,000 posts in nearly every community in America. The Legion, established by an act of Congress in 1919, was instrumental in getting the original GI Bill through Congress and in the creation of the Department of Veterans Affairs.