OCEAN CITY, Md. (July 16, 2010) – Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown addressed members of American Legion Department of Maryland this morning at the American Legion’s 92nd Annual Department Convention in Ocean City. During his brief remarks, Brown highlighted the O’Malley-Brown administration’s commitment to veterans and thanked members for their work to support Maryland’s veterans and military families.
“Governor O’Malley and I share the belief that one of the most basic and most important obligations of any government is to serve those who have served in our name. Since taking office, our administration has improved veterans services and protected important scholarship and loan programs for veterans and military families,” said Lt. Governor Brown. “Our progress would not be possible without the partnership and support of our veterans service organizations like American Legion, working in our communities to give back to our service members, their families and our youths.”
Since taking office, the O’Malley-Brown administration has made veterans a top priority. Lt. Governor Brown has led efforts to protect funding for programs and services that enhance the quality of life and create opportunities for Maryland’s veterans. The administration passed legislation creating and has invested over $4.4 million in the Veterans Behavioral Health Act and has invested nearly $3 million to the Iraq and Afghanistan Scholarship Program. The administration established the Veteran No-Interest Loan Program for veterans, service-disabled veterans and employers of military reservists or National Guard personnel called to active duty and also established the Small Business Procurement Preference for veteran-owned and service-connected veteran-owned small businesses.
The American Legion Department of Maryland, chartered in 1919, is a community-service organization which now consists of over 61,000 members. There are over 140 American Legion Posts throughout Maryland, ranging in size from 10 to over 2,600 members.
Lt. Governor Brown, the nation’s highest-ranking elected official to have served a tour of duty in Iraq, is a Colonel is the United States Army Reserves. He currently commands the 153rd Legal Support Organization in Pennsylvania.