Sen. Klobuchar receives American Legion Distinguished Service Award

By Tim Engstrom
From left are American Legion National Legislative Committee Chairwoman Patricia Harris of North Carolina, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and American Legion National Commander Daniel Seehafer of Wisconsin. Seehafer presented Klobuchar with the award on Feb. 26 during the Washington Conference, held at the Washington Hilton.

WASHINGTON — The American Legion awarded U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minneapolis the 2024 Distinguished Public Service Award from The American Legion for her leadership on a range of veterans’ issues.

She was honored for her work ensuring Department of Veterans Affairs benefits include comprehensive care for veterans who were exposed to burn pits and other toxic substances; supporting the Afghan allies who stood with our troops; and pushing to end the blockade of military promotions in the Senate. The award was presented to Klobuchar by National Commander Daniel J. Seehafer during the organization’s Washington Conference.

“It’s an honor to receive the Distinguished Public Service Award from an organization as esteemed as the American Legion,” Klobuchar said. “I believe that public service and patriotism are about putting our differences aside to stand with those who have stood up for our nation. From breaking through unnecessary blockades of military promotions to pushing for more legal certainty for the Afghan allies who supported our troops,  I am proud to work in partnership with the American Legion to advance our national security priorities.”

Seehafer added, “We are grateful for Sen. Klobuchar’s leadership on key legislative priorities of The American Legion and the veteran service organization community. Her consistent efforts to bring colleagues on both sides of the aisle together to fight for veterans and for our nation’s security interests are highly appreciated by our organization.”