By Hal Senal

WASHINGTON (KEYC) - U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar received national recognition for her public service on Monday.

The U.S Senator was honored for championing and ensuring that Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits include comprehensive care for veterans who were exposed to burn pits and other toxic substances, supporting Afghan allies who stood with U.S. troops, and pushing to end the blockade of military promotions in the Senate.

The award was presented by American Legion National Commander Daniel J. Seehafer, to Klobuchar, during the organization’s Washington conference.

“On behalf of our 1.5 million dues-paying members of The American Legion, I am honored to recognize Senator Amy Klobuchar with our 2024 Distinguished Public Service Award,” said The American Legion National Commander Daniel J. Seehafer. “We are grateful for Sen. Klobuchar’s leadership on key legislative priorities of The American Legion and the veteran service organization community. Her consistent efforts to bring colleagues on both sides of the aisle together to fight for veterans and for our nation’s security interests are highly appreciated by our organization.”

The Distinguished Public Service Award is handed out annually to elected officials who have a record of outstanding support of The American Legion’s principles.