Senator James Seward yesterday (February 25) met in Albany with American Legion representatives from across New York’s 51st Senate District, which included State Commander Michael McDermott and Francis Riter from Homer Post 465.
McDermott was named state commander last year and ironically was featured on WXHC’s Meet Cortland County exactly a year before yesterday’s meeting to discuss that honor.
Yesterday’s meeting with Sen. Seward was part of the annual legislative day for the Department.
“Our proud servicemen and women make great sacrifices defending our rights and freedoms,” said Senator Seward. “I was pleased to discuss their concerns and learn more about legislation supported by the American Legion. Now it’s my turn to go to work for our veterans and take action on measures that will better their lives – they’ve earned that consideration and so much more.”
Seward vowed his continued support of funding bills that support vital programs important to veterans.
“One issue that stands out is the tragic increase in the number of suicides among our veterans,” Seward said. “While some steps have been taken, it is clear that more state support is needed to help our veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other mental health issues.”