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American Legion National Commander visits Albany

By Jim Wallace - bio | email

January 30, 2009

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The National Commander of the American Legion says he's encouraged by President Obama's support of Veteran Affairs and benefits.

David Rehbein from Iowa was greeted by dozens of Legionnaires from across South Georgia Friday.

Every year the National Commander conducts a state inspection.

This year his stop was Albany.

Rehbein said he's happy with the new administration's commitment to providing quality health care for veterans, especially those coming home now from the war.

Rehbein said "And there were commitments that were made by the government the day we put the uniform on. And I think he understands taking care of the troops even though they may not be wearing the uniform anymore."

The American Legion has 14,000 posts worldwide.

Rehbein said the Legion's top concern is making sure troops returning home know veterans are here to help them if needed.

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