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6/4/2019 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 Award on June 1 at their annual awards ceremony hosted 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.

“This honor bestowed upon me by the VFW is truly close to my heart because I am so grateful for all that our veterans have done in order to ensure our American way of life.  The gratitude I have for our veterans is why I fight so hard for their best-interests at the State House and I will continue to honor their sacrifices every single time I enter the doors of the State House.  Thank you to the VFW and all of our veterans for the many sacrifices you have made in order to protect our country,” 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.

House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Sam Azzinaro receives the RI Veterans of Foreign Awards Legislative Award on June 1, 2019 in Warwick for his dedication to veterans and his leadership and sponsorship of several veterans’ related bills.  From left are VFW officials John Gallo and Jerry Herker, Chairman Azzinaro and VFW official Raymond Blanda.

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