Tuesday, March 20, 2007

ODP Supports Oklahoma Veterans; Awareness Day Planned at Capitol

On Wednesday March, 21st, military combat veterans will be honored at the Oklahoma State Capitol and get a chance to talk with legislators about issues that affect their veteran's status. Events start at 1:00 p.m. and the public is invited.

Lisa Pryor, Chairman of the Oklahoma Democratic Party, said the day is earmarked for issues important to veterans, including funding to the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs.

"Oklahoma veterans, the men and women who have defended and secured our collective freedoms, deserve respect and should have governmental commitments fulfilled to them as them have fulfilled their commitment to our nation and its security," Pryor said.

In light of this week's four-year anniversary of the war in Iraq, where 55 Oklahomans have lost their lives, Pryor said "we must honor our brave soldiers who have served admirably and courageously in defense of our freedoms. The Oklahoma Democratic Party stands resolutely behind the thousands of military veterans and U.S. soldiers who have served our country."

In 2005, the ODP established a Veterans Affairs Committee for Oklahoma Democrats who have served and are committed to protecting veterans rights. Ron Wasson, a Vietnam War veteran and vice-chair of the Oklahoma County Democratic Party, serves as the committee chair.

Oklahoma Democratic Party
Jason McCarty
Communications Director

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