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American Legion top brass visit nation

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Daniel M. Dellinger, National Commander of The American Legion, and Nancy Brown-Park, National President of The American Legion Auxiliary, completed their annual visit to Taiwan at the invitation of Admiral Tung Hsiang-lung, Minister of Veterans Affairs of the Republic of China.

The American Legion officials, representing the largest U.S. veterans organization, with a combined membership of over 3 million, visited cultural, economic, and veterans facilities, including the Veterans General Hospital and a veterans home, to gain a greater understanding of Taiwan's current situation in the areas of veterans benefits, economics, and national defense.

In recognition of their outstanding contributions in support of the exchange of experiences regarding veterans' services between the R.O.C. and the U.S., Minister Tung presented the Veterans Affairs Council (VAC) Medal of Honor with cravat to the American Legion delegation.

Commander Dellinger and his party were received at the Presidential Office by President Ma Ying-jeou, who thanked the National Commander for the continuing support of the Republic of China, particularly for the Legion's support of defensive weapons sales to the Republic of China.

At its National Convention, The American Legion has passed a series of resolutions supporting the continued sales of sophisticated U.S. weapon systems, including, F-16 fighter aircraft, anti-submarine equipment and torpedoes, anti-aircraft and anti-missile systems, and electronics and communications equipment to the Republic of China. The resolution also stated that the government of the Republic of China should be given preferential pricing to enable the Republic of China to purchase sufficient quantities of these items for their defense needs.

The American Legion and the R.O.C. veterans have maintained an outstanding relationship since 1944, when The American Legion gave advice on setting up a veterans program on the Chinese mainland. Over 20 years ago, The American Legion officially commended the VAC for its outstanding performance in safeguarding the rights and benefits for veterans of America's allies, upholding international justice for allied veterans, and promoting world peace and democracy.

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From left: Mrs. Tung, Admiral Tung Hsiang-lung, Minister of Veterans Affairs, Daniel M. Dellinger, National Commander of The American Legion, and Nancy Brown-Park, National President of The American Legion Auxiliary pose for pictures. (Courtesy of L. J. Lamb )



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