Whitehouse hosts forum for Rhode Island veterans

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WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) – Senator Sheldon Whitehouse hosted an annual event for Rhode Island’s veterans in Warwick Saturday.

The 8th Annual Veterans Breakfast and Resource Fair was held at the Rhode Island National Guard Armory on Airport Road and served as a venue for veterans to take their concerns to Whitehouse, as well as find information, services and employment.

Congressman David Cicilline, Major General Kevin McBride of the National Guard, and VA Medical Center Director Dr. Susan MacKenzie also attended.

“Our veterans get a lot of value out of fellowship with other veterans, and they appreciate the number of people who come here to listen to them and to make sure that things are going okay for them,” Whitehouse said.

The number of veterans attending has increased steadily, he said.

Whitehouse also announced to local veterans that on Thursday, he introduced a bill in the Senate that would help protect veterans from foreclosure. The bill extends one which was passed last year but is set to expire this year without Congressional action; it protects servicemembers from being foreclosed upon for a full year after they return from a deployment.

Officials also presented a local Korean War veteran with several medals and honors which he earned but never received. Norman Gordon of Pawtucket served as a communications specialist with the U.S. Army; Senator Whitehouse and Major General McBride presented him with the Presidential Unit Citation, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal with three service stars, the United Nations Medal, and a flag which flew over the U.S. Capitol.

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