Senator Sanders met with members of the Vermont Chapter of the American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary including Linda Perham, a candidate to be the National Commander of the American Legion; Milt Willis; Jim Brouillette; Doc Simon; Barbara Bushaw; Alden Jones; Pat Jones; Debbie Lepage and Rani Gray. They were in Washington to discuss how to improve care and benefits for veterans.
Sen. Bernie Sanders has made it a mission to support Vermont senior citizen centers as invaluable resources to their communities. "These centers, and the thousands of volunteers who work with them, do an extraordinary job in bringing seniors together - making sure they get good nutrition, health care and social activities. In these very difficult economic times, I’m proud to be working with them,” Sanders said.
At a press conference Monday in his Burlington office, Sanders announced $487,000 in federal funding he secured for equipment and renovations at 34 senior centers across Vermont.
Sen. Bernie Sanders conferred in his Capitol Hill office with representatives from some of the eight community health centers in Vermont that provide affordable primary care, dental care, mental health counseling and low-cost prescription drugs. Later in the day, the senator received the 2010 “Distinguished Community Health Champion” award from the National Association of Community Health Centers.
At a press conference in the Capitol, Sen. Sanders and Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) announced the introduction of legislation that would phase out private security contractors in war zones. The United States last year employed more than 22,000 hired guns in Iraq and Afghanistan. They protected diplomats, trained military and police officers, repaired and maintained weapons systems. Contractors also were involved with interrogations and intelligence gathering.