On November 27th, Senator Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg) hosted his first-ever Veterans Advisory Committee at the Carnegie Library in Marion, inviting local veterans and veteran service providers throughout the region to join him for a discussion about the issues important to the veterans in the 59th Senate District.
“Our veterans give so much to our nation and ask for so little in return. We have a responsibility to ensure that their voice is heard and their needs are represented,” said Sen. Fowler. “Yesterday’s event was about giving our veterans a platform to openly discuss the issues that matter to them and provide me with feedback on the needs of our veterans.”
Almost 30 veterans and veteran service providers joined Senator Fowler for his first meeting, discussing issues including housing for veterans, healthcare access, available services provided by the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs, the need for skilled and basic care providers, honor flights and concealed carry issues.
“I’m excited about taking what I heard from our discussion, moving forward and doing more to ensure that we’re taking care of the brave men and women who have already sacrificed so much so that we can have the opportunities and freedoms we enjoy today,” said Sen. Fowler. “This is just the first of what I hope is many conversations, and I’m excited to take what I heard in our meeting and work to better represent the interests of our veterans in state government.”