I enjoyed attending the Westfield Crary Hose Volunteer Appreciation Banquet and the opportunity to celebrate its125th anniversary of service to the community by presenting the company with a citation from the House of Representatives.
As chairman of the House Health Committee, Rep. Matt Baker welcomed former Congressman Patrick Kennedy (pictured), son of the late Edward Kennedy, to the Capitol where he gave a presentation during an informational meeting about mental illness and substance abuse. During his appearance, Kennedy spoke about the unique position states are in with respect to advancing policies to help those with mental illness and substance abuse, since action on the federal level can take much longer. In addition, he focused much of his testimony on making sure that states enforce mental health parity laws to ensure that health insurance covers treatment, which can be highly effective.
I was honored to take part in a veterans program hosted by the Veteran’s Club in Troy. Participating in the program were more than 20 World War II veterans from Bradford County and New York State, with some of them sharing their experiences of being in fox holes, shaking hands with Gen. Dwight Eisenhower, and having lost friends in battles while serving in England, France, Africa and Germany. I have the opportunity to present each veterans with a medal and gratitude pin. Also present at the event were three Vietnam veterans whom I also honored with medals and pins.