Becky Lourey on DFL Veterans’ Endorsement

The Minnesota DFL Veterans Caucus this month announced a strong endorsement of Becky Lourey for Governor. In part, the endorsement states: “State Senator Lourey has demonstrated ample knowledge of and concern for the vital interests of veterans, active military personnel, and their families. She has been active as a member of the Senate Agriculture, Veterans Affairs and Gaming Committee in serving those interests. She offers a proven record of veterans’ advocacy to back up her commitment to continue addressing their needs. And she understands the demands that will be felt by state agencies and resources as numbers of Iraq and Afghanistan vets return home to Minnesota… We don't see how Minnesota veterans could do better than to have a friend like Becky Lourey in the highest position in state government.”

“Returning soldiers, military personnel stationed in Minnesota and the National Guard must have a strong advocate not only within state government, but speaking out on their behalf in Washington, D.C. Returning veterans face tremendous health care and employment challenges in the months and years ahead, and meeting their needs will require our utmost commitment,” Lourey said. “It is a great honor to have the DFL veterans’ endorsement as the next commander-in-chief of the Minnesota National Guard.”

The full Minnesota DFL Veterans Caucus endorsement statement and Becky Lourey’s responses to the group’s screening questionnaire are posted at http://mndflvets.org. Senator Becky Lourey, a nationally recognized health care public policy expert, resides in Kerrick in east-central Minnesota. She has 16 years of legislative experience and currently serves as chair of the Minnesota Senate Health and Family Security Committee. Her son, Matt, died in combat while piloting a U.S. Army Kiowa Warrior helicopter on May 27, 2005, over Buhriz, Iraq.