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Breezy Point man represents American Legion in D.C.

Ray DeZurik (right), of Breezy Point, poses with past National Guard Commander Dan Ludwig in Washington, D.C. The men were part of a group of Minnesotans who traveled to the nation's capital to lobby for veterans' rights on behalf of the American Legion. Submitted photo

American Legion member Ray DeZurik, of Breezy Point, recently lobbied in Washington, D.C., for issues affecting American war veterans and the military.

DeZurik, a member of the American Legion's employment and veterans preference committee, was part of a delegation of 30 Minnesotans in Washington.

The delegation met with nearly every Minnesota representative and senator, and urged an agenda of veterans programs that Congress will deal with in the future.

Issues the group lobbied for were: a constitutional amendment to protect the American flag from physical desecration, full funding for national security to fight the war on terrorism, and gender-specific care for women veterans.

The delegation spent four days in Washington, D.C., and attended informational sessions on critical issue.