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MI LEGIONNAIRE DŝĐŚŝŐĂŶ>ĞŐŝŽŶŶĂŝƌĞΘtŽůǀĞƌŝŶĞƵdžŝůŝĂŝƌĞsŽů͘>yyy///EŽ͘ϲ KĸĐŝĂůWƵďůŝĐĂƟŽŶŽĨdŚĞŵĞƌŝĐĂŶ>ĞŐŝŽŶĞƉĂƌƚŵĞŶƚŽĨDŝĐŚŝŐĂŶͲǁǁǁ͘ŵŝĐŚŝŐĂŶůĞŐŝŽŶ͘ŽƌŐͲDZ,ϮϬϭϱ DŝĐŚŝŐĂŶWƌĞŵŝĞƌWƌŽŐƌĂŵ MVAA Thanks Patrick Lafferty for His Years of Service to State Veterans HELP WANTED FOR BOYS STATE!! ty, or state representative or commit-tee person? Do you have experience on how government functions? Are you an attorney or judge? Partic-ipate in Law Enforcement? Or do you have skill sets that the Boys State program could benefit from? The Boys State program is about teaching High School Juniors how government works, from the local school boards, to cities, to counties, to the state, and all of the pieces in between. Will You Help Us? Your help would be greatly ap-preciated, for more information about helping in the Boys State pro-gram please contact Jerry Kelley, Boys State Chairman at 734-434-8272 jkelley2136@sbcglobal.net. Retiring after more than three decades helping veterans Legionnaires and Sons of the American Legion the Boy’s State committee need your help. The 2015 Boys State program will be the last Boys State event for several of our educators who work hard and have done so for over 20 years and more to make Michigan Boys State the Premier Program that it is today. They have indicated that this will be their last as they retire. The Ameri-can Legion Department of Michigan has been blessed with such a hard working staff and the program they have put on over the years. Are you an educator, city, coun-LANSING, Mich. – Retiring Mich-igan American Legion State Adjutant Patrick W. Lafferty was honored on February 4th, 2015 with the Michigan Distinguished Service Medal for his years of dedicated service on behalf of state veterans. Lafferty, a Vietnam War Era veter-Adjutant Lafferty is Awarded the Michigan Distinguished Service Medal No Return Postage Requested &ƌŽŵ ůĞŌ͕ Ds ŝƌĞĐƚŽƌ :Ğī ĂƌŶĞƐ͕ WĂƚƌŝĐŬ t͘ >ĂīĞƌƚLJ ĂŶĚ DĂũ͘ 'ĞŶ͘'ƌĞŐŽƌLJsĂĚŶĂŝƐ͕ĂĚũƵƚĂŶƚŐĞŶĞƌĂůŽĨƚŚĞDŝĐŚŝŐĂŶEĂƟŽŶĂů'ƵĂƌĚ͘ >ĂīĞƌƚLJǁĂƐƉƌĞƐĞŶƚĞĚǁŝƚŚƚŚĞDŝĐŚŝŐĂŶŝƐƟŶŐƵŝƐŚĞĚ^ĞƌǀŝĐĞDĞĚĂů ƚŽĚĂLJ͕ĐŽŵŵĞŵŽƌĂƟŶŐŚŝƐϭϳLJĞĂƌƐŽĨƐĞƌǀŝĐĞĂƐƚŚĞŵĞƌŝĐĂŶ>ĞŐŝŽŶ͛Ɛ ƐƚĂƚĞ ĂĚũƵƚĂŶƚ͘ dŚĞ ŵĞĚĂů ŝƐ ĂǁĂƌĚĞĚ ƚŽ ƉĞƌƐŽŶŶĞů ǁŚŽ ŚĂǀĞ ĚŝƐƟŶ -ŐƵŝƐŚĞĚƚŚĞŵƐĞůǀĞƐ ƚŚƌŽƵŐŚ ĞdžĐĞƉƟŽŶĂůůLJŵĞƌŝƚŽƌŝŽƵƐĂĐŚŝĞǀĞŵĞŶƚ Žƌ ƐĞƌǀŝĐĞ͕ďĞŶĞĮƟŶŐƚŚĞƐƚĂƚĞŵŝůŝƚĂƌLJĞƐƚĂďůŝƐŚŵĞŶƚ͘ an and member of the American Legion for 32 years, is retiring after nearly 17 years as the organization’s state adjutant. Known for his innovation and resource-fulness when forging partnerships to benefit Michigan veterans, Lafferty also served as a veteran service officer for 15 years before becoming assistant direc-tor for the American Legion’s Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Division. “Pat has spent more than three de-cades helping Michigan veterans, and we cannot thank him enough for his service,” said Jeff Barnes, director of the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA). “Connecting veterans to their benefits can be a complex and challeng-ing process at times, but Michigan vet-erans always had an ally in Pat Lafferty. His work ethic and knowledge will be missed, but we wish him all the best in his well-deserved retirement.” Lafferty played a pivotal role in the formation of the Michigan Veterans Coalition, which coordinates veteran service assistance around the state. It is comprised of veterans service organiza-tions including the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, Vietnam Veterans of America, Michigan Marine Corps League, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Military Order of the Purple Heart and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Lafferty also served as a member of MVAA’s strategic planning workgroup, helping MVAA to identify ways to im-prove service delivery to Michigan vet-erans. “Helping veterans get the benefits they have earned has been a lifelong passion of mine, and I have been very fortunate to work with some great peo-ple to accomplish that goal,” Lafferty said. “It is a great honor to receive this award, but it has been an even greater honor to work on behalf of Michigan’s veterans for all these years. The Amer-ican Legion has been my home since 1983, and I can’t describe the appreci-ation I feel for the opportunities it has given me.” The Michigan Distinguished Ser-vice Medal is the highest honor a ci-vilian can be presented. It is awarded to personnel who have distinguished themselves through exceptionally meri-torious achievement or service, benefit-ing the state military establishment. DZ,ϮϬϭϱ

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