Post 52 visits Columbia


By Kasie Strickland - kstrickland@civitasmedia.com



Post 52 Commander Richard Meyers, left, Adjutant Paul Smith, second from the right, and former Adjutant Jim Ruud, right, traveled to Columbia on March 2 to listen to American Legion National Commander Dale Barnett, second from the left, speak at a Department of South Carolina American Legion meeting. Barnett also addressed a joint session of the Legislature.


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While in Columbia, American Legion Post 52 members had the chance to meet and speak with local legislators Sen. Larry Martin, right, and Rep. Neal Collins, at left.


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EASLEY — Members from American Legion Post 52 in Easley visited the state’s capitol where they got to attend a speech by AL National Commander Dale Barnett as he addressed a joint session of the S.C. Legislature in which he discussed a proposal to exempt military pensions from state taxes.

“It is not uncommon for a military retiree to be as young as age 38, having served 20 years in the military. Most of these young men and women begin second careers. By exempting military pensions, they would find re-settling in a state like South Carolina to be a very attractive option,” Barnett said. “By taxing income from their new careers and their property, the state would be able to receive not just a patriotic new resident, but additional revenue as well.”

Among other things, Barnett spoke largely against military budget cuts made in Washington, stating that throughout the country’s history, every military drawdown “was later followed by horrific war.”

“We cannot rely on the good intentions of rogue states such as North Korea or Iran,” he said to legislators.

Barnett also reiterated the American Legion’s call to bring more accountability to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

“I would like to categorically correct any misconception that the American Legion is somehow antagonistic toward or opposed to the Department of Veterans Affairs,” he said. “We care deeply about the VA, which is why we want it to correct deficiencies.”

After his speech, Barnett presented State Sen. Tom Young and State Rep. MaryGail Douglas with plaques designating them as Outstanding Members of the Legislature for 2016 as selected by the American Legion Department of South Carolina.

Post 52 Commander Richard Meyers, left, Adjutant Paul Smith, second from the right, and former Adjutant Jim Ruud, right, traveled to Columbia on March 2 to listen to American Legion National Commander Dale Barnett, second from the left, speak at a Department of South Carolina American Legion meeting. Barnett also addressed a joint session of the Legislature.
http://pickenssentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_020.jpgPost 52 Commander Richard Meyers, left, Adjutant Paul Smith, second from the right, and former Adjutant Jim Ruud, right, traveled to Columbia on March 2 to listen to American Legion National Commander Dale Barnett, second from the left, speak at a Department of South Carolina American Legion meeting. Barnett also addressed a joint session of the Legislature. Courtesy photos

While in Columbia, American Legion Post 52 members had the chance to meet and speak with local legislators Sen. Larry Martin, right, and Rep. Neal Collins, at left.
http://pickenssentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_026.jpgWhile in Columbia, American Legion Post 52 members had the chance to meet and speak with local legislators Sen. Larry Martin, right, and Rep. Neal Collins, at left. Courtesy photos

By Kasie Strickland

kstrickland@civitasmedia.com

Reach Kasie Strickland at 864-855-0355.

Reach Kasie Strickland at 864-855-0355.

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