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6/9/2017 Rep. Azzinaro receives Veterans of Foreign Wars Legislative Award
STATE HOUSE – Rep. Samuel A. Azzinaro (D-Dist. 37, Westerly) was honored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) with the group’s Legislative Awards on June 8 at their annual awards ceremony hosted at the Radisson Hotel in Warwick.  Representative Azzinaro, Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, received the award due to his constant and tireless advocacy for veterans’ issues at the State House.

“I am tremendously honored to receive this award from the VFW and more importantly, I’d like to thank them for all that they have done in the name of our great country.  Our veterans have bravely sacrificed so much for us all and they deserve to be treated as the heroes they are, with dignity, gratitude, and respect.  I will never stop fighting for veterans’ rights up at the State House because they deserve nothing less after fighting for us all,” said Representative Azzinaro.

The VFW traces its roots back to 1899 when veterans of the Spanish-American War (1898) and the Philippine Insurrection (1899-1902) founded local organizations to secure rights and benefits for their service due to many arriving home wounded or sick. There was no medical care or veterans' pension for them, and they were left to care for themselves.

Annually, the nearly 1.7 million members of the VFW and its Auxiliaries contribute more than 8.6 million hours of volunteerism in the community, including participation in Make a Difference Day and National Volunteer Week.

Rep. Samuel A. Azzinaro (D-Dist. 37, Westerly), second from right, accepting the RI VFW Legislative Award.  From the left, George Lisicki, Past Commander in Chief 2007-08, Gina Marie Doherty, State Commander 2016-17, John Gallo, National Legislative Committee

For more information, contact:
Andrew Caruolo, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903