Horn hosts Vietnam veteran pinning ceremony in Frankenmuth
We know that 7 million American men and women served during the Vietnam War era. They were part of our military and they are part of our nation’s history, yet most were treated poorly when they returned home.
Because of this treatment, many remained silent for so long, friends and neighbors may never have known they were veterans, let alone Vietnam era veterans. During the 50th anniversary of that war, it’s time to remember those who served.
It was my privilege and most certainly humbling to recently host an official pinning ceremony for all Vietnam War era veterans in my Senate district at the Michigan Military and Space Heroes Museum. For some Vietnam veterans, this was the first recognition they had ever received. After 50 years, they deserve our respect and our sincere gratitude for all they’ve done in the name of freedom.
It’s hard for me to describe this event and what it meant for so many, including myself. Grandchildren were able to see their grandparent receive recognition. One wife and son attended because their husband and father physically could not.
I promised at the event that no veteran in the state of Michigan will go unthanked for their service to our country. The pins represent a thank you that is long overdue. If you couldn’t attend this ceremony, please call my office and let them know that you served at that time and we will arrange for you to receive one. 104th annual Saginaw County Fair
It was my pleasure to join to residents of Saginaw County at the annual fair in Chesaning.
Every August, families gather for rides, entertainment, food and animal exhibits for a chance to enjoy one another’s company one last time before school starts and daily schedules once again take over.
I make sure to host a booth at the fair every summer not only as an opportunity to join the fun, but as a chance to meet with folks from the area and hear their concerns.
I had a chance to meet Justin Rodriguez, of Brady 4H, who made it a point to come by our table at the buyer’s luncheon with a great pitch for his lambs.
At the Fair's 4H Livestock Auction, luck was with me as I had the winning bid on Justin's lamb. With that million dollar smile and some gumption, Justin will grow up to be a fine person. The future is in good hands.
Thank you to everyone who stopped by, and for those who missed me, feel free to call my office toll-free at: (855) 347-8032 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
. Fighting the threat of Asian carp
Efforts to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes are moving ahead on two fronts.
The state recently launched a global search for ways to stop these invasive fish from reaching the Great Lakes. Called the Invasive Carp Challenge, the program is accepting proposals through Oct. 31, 2017 to develop new solutions to this looming threat. One or more solutions will share up to $700,000 in cash awards. Visit www.michigan.gov/carpchallenge
for more information.
In addition, the Army Corps of Engineers has now recommended a tentative plan for Brandon Road Lock and Dam in the Chicago Area Waterway system to prevent the inter-basin transfer of aquatic nuisance species. The plan includes nonstructural measures, complex noise, water jets, engineered channel, electric barrier, flushing lock, boat launches and mooring area. Find more information and submit comments online at http://glmris.anl.gov
. Senate approved legislation aiding the fight against prescription drug abuse
According to an interim report recently released by the president’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, 142 Americans die every day from a drug overdose. More than six out of 10 drug overdose deaths involve an opioid.
I voted in favor of a package of bills to fight opioid abuse in our state earlier this summer. One provision limits prescriptions for acute pain to seven days to help reduce the chance of unused pills.
Other provisions crack down on “doctor shopping” and “pill mills” by requiring physicians to have a bona fide prescriber-patient relationship and consult the Michigan Automated Prescription System (MAPS) before prescribing certain controlled substances. The legislation also requires someone treating a patient for an opioid overdose to provide them with information on substance use disorder services to address the addiction as well as treatment options. The bills have been sent to the House for consideration. Report fish and wildlife observations on new DNR app
A new computer application developed by the DNR consolidates 15 separate fish and wildlife observation forms onto one site. The Eyes in the Field app includes forms for reporting diseased wildlife, tagged fish, mammals such as cougars and wolves, fish such as invasive carp and sturgeon, and more. The site does not replace the Report All Poaching (RAP) hotline (800-292-7800) although it provides a link to the web-based RAP complaint form. Check it out at www.michigan.gov/eyesinthefield