Â 08/30/12 U.S. Senator Richard Lugar, R-Ind., received The American Legionâ€™s Distinguished Service during todayâ€™s convention proceedings of the nationâ€™s largest wartime veterans service organization. The award is the highest recognition given by The American Legion.
â€ś What we are most grateful for, is Senator Lugarâ€™s work as a leader in reducing the threat of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. In 1991, he forged a bipartisan partnership with then-Senate Armed Services Chairman Sam Nunn of Georgia to destroy these weapons of mass destruction in the former Soviet Union,â€ť American Legion National Commander Fang A. Wong said during the presentation. â€śTo date, the Nunn-Lugar program has deactivated more than 7,500 nuclear warheads that were once aimed at the United States.â€ť
Lugar thanked Legion members for their deep interest in U.S. national security. â€śThose who have worn the uniform in wartime know better than anyone how important it is that America remains strong, militarily, diplomatically, and economically,â€ť Lugar said. â€śThis makes armed conflict less likely, and it ensures that if it is necessary to fight, the United States will go to war with a military that is second to none. My own service as a Navy lieutenant instilled in me a lifelong appreciation for the many challenges we face around the globe, and over the years I have benefitted from the advice and counsel of The American Legion.â€ť