National military group honors Walz and his aide

A coalition of dozens of military and veterans groups has given leadership awards to Congressman Tim Walz and his legislative assistant, Brian Kessler.

The Military Coalition, a consortium of 34 military and veterans groups, said Walz, a retired Army National Guard sergeant, and Kessler have pursued “quality-of-life improvements for service members, veterans, their families and survivors.”

The group cited the work done by Walz and his office on legislation to authorize veteran status for Reserve component retirees, improve veterans’ transition services, improve disability and traumatic brain injury rehabilitation programs, and protect service members from mortgage abuses.

Col. Herb Rosenbleeth (USA-Ret.), TMC president and national executive director of the Jewish War Veterans of the United States, said of Kessler:

“Brian Kessler has been a great supporter on a wide variety of key issues affecting the military and veterans’ community. His work on the veteran status and transition legislation has been especially noteworthy.”

Kessler, a University of Minnesota grad, has worked for Walz in Washington for nearly three years.

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