MARQUETTE– Senator Gary Peters is currently biking on his Ride MI Motorcycle tour and made his first stop Monday morning in Marquette.
Senator Peters is combining work and play over the next five days while traveling on his motorcycle to seven counties across the state- discussing work on behalf of the U.S. Senate. Monday morning Peters went to the D.J. Jacobetti Home For Veterans handing out lapels to veterans from the Vietnam War. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.
“Well it is always an emotional experience for me, people are always touched by the thanks. Many of our Vietnam Veterans when they came back from the war did not get a formal thank you,” Sen. Gary Peters said. “What we have learned from the Vietnam conflict is we can never turn our backs on the men and women who serve. We have to honor their service when they are serving and when they come back from harm’s way. We can never treat our veterans the way they were treated when they came back from Vietnam.”
Last year Senator Peters introduced Fairness for Veterans -which was signed into law by former President Obama. The bill aims to help veterans that were given a less than honorable discharge who are suffering from an undiagnosed mental trauma such as PTSD.
Today Senator Peters said he believes 20,000 individuals across the county could be helped by this law.