Susan Britton goes to Washington

RENSSELAERVILLE — Susan Britton of Rensselaerville, a member of the Clarke White Unit 58, was one of more than 300 delegates and guests from across the country who attended the American Legion Auxiliary’s annual Washington, D.C. Conference in late March.

The mid-year event provides an opportunity for the organization’s leadership to hear from Washington experts on issues relevant to the auxiliary’s mission and to meet with Congressional representatives on legislative priorities.

As National Community Service Chairwoman, Britton participated in a variety of activities at the conference, including attending presentations from representatives of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Elizabeth Dole Foundation, U.S. Department of Defense, Corporation for National and Community Service, Military Officers Association of America, and The American Legion’s Legislative Division.

She also attended The American Legion National Commander's testimony before Congress on current veteran legislative issues and concerns. And she was among a handful of members who met with Secretary of Veteran's Affairs Eric Shinseki regarding current veterans’ issues.

Other events Britton attended included skill-building workshops as a way to extend auxiliary mission outreach and a ceremonial wreath-laying at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.  She also was a participant in a "flash mob" event held on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial as over 250 members joined to sing patriotic songs.

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