Wednesday, January 21, 2009


Washington, D.C. - Congressman Vern Buchanan has been awarded the Veterans of Foreign Wars' (VFW) legislative achievement award by the Florida VFW for his service to members of the Armed Forces, veterans and their families.

"It is an honor for me to receive this award," said Buchanan. "I applaud the Florida VFW for their efforts to assist disabled and other needy veterans and their families. I value their input and I am humbled to receive this award. I will continue to work with the VFW and others to ensure that our nation's veterans get the health care and benefits they have earned."

David L. Harris, Commander of Florida's Veterans of Foreign Wars presented the award to Buchanan during the VFW Celebration of Achievement Event in Orlando.

"We are deeply indebted to Congressman Buchanan for his work on legislation improving the quality of life of active and reserve service members, military retirees, veterans and their families," said Harris.

Harris noted Buchanan's support for the Post 911 G.I. bill that guarantees the newest generation of veterans a quality college education. The commander also hailed the Congressman's efforts to pass legislation to modernize the reserve retirement system and his successful efforts to secure federal funding for the construction of the Jacksonville and Sarasota National Cemeteries.

The 13th District Congressman is a veteran of the Air National Guard. He was recently sworn in to his second term in Congress and currently serves on the House Veterans' Affairs Committee and the Subcommittee on Health.

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