Marine Corps League recognizes senator
CARIBOU, Maine — The Meo Bosse Detachment 1414 of the Marine Corps League recognized Senate President Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, with a certificate of appreciation for his role in preventing the closure of the Maine Veterans’ Homes in Caribou and Machias.
Commandant Vaughn Hardacker of Stockholm, along with retired U.S. Marine Sgt. Allen Murphy of Portage, presented Jackson with the certificate at the Lister-Knowlton VFW Post 9389 in Caribou.
“To be recognized by the Marine Corps League for my commitment to County veterans was truly humbling. Our veterans are the real heroes among us. They show up time and time again for our state and our country, never shying away when the going gets tough or when their backs are against the wall. It is only right that we as elected officials do the same,” Jackson said.
Jackson sponsored a law to prevent the closure of the homes, which clarifies the intent of the Legislature in the creation of the Maine Veterans’ Homes; lays out a public process that requires legislative approval for the closure of any Maine Veterans’ Home location; and puts back into statute the six municipalities where Maine Veterans’ Homes must be located. The measure also created a stakeholder group to develop a long-term plan.
The Marine Corps League is an organization that seeks to promote interest and preserve the tradition of the U.S. Marine Corps. The organization has 10 divisions, 48 departments and more than a thousand detachments across the country.