While recently clicking through the channels on TV a couple of weeks ago, I came across a documentary narrated by Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico. The senator was talking with veterans of the Bataan Death March. New Mexico, like Minnesota, particularly Brainerd, had a large contingent of national guardsmen.
The program had scenes of the death march along with comments from those veterans who went through the terrible ordeal. Then Sen. Udahl stated he had introduced a special bill in Congress (senate file 2004), that gives special recognition to the veterans of the Bataan. I contacted Sen. Al Franken to ask him not only for his support, but to co-author this bill. His response was quick and positive. Within a week of my contact I received a call saying that the senator had taken action.
This is the kind of response you can appreciate from our elected officials. As busy, and with the number of request a U.S. Senator gets in a week or month, I certainly appreciate the quick action of Sen. Franken and his staff. I have since contacted Congressmen-elect Rick Nolan and requested that he likewise sponsor the bill in the U.S. House of Representatives. Brainerd, like so many other communities had a terrible loss on Bataan the whole area comes together to remember and honor these veterans. I thank Sen. Franken and hope there is positive action for the veterans.