HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The national commander of the American Legion spent some of his Valentine's Day in Hattiesburg, as part of a nationwide tour of American Legion state departments.
Fang A. Wong addressed a gathering of American Legion members Tuesday night at the Allen B. Carter Post 24.
Wong is the first Asian-American commander of the American Legion and it was his first visit to the Hub City. Among the topics of discussion were possible upcoming changes in benefits for the nation's military retirees.
"They (government officials) are looking at raising some of the TRICARE health co-payments and then they are also looking at the possibility of replacing the current military retirement system with a 401-k system, which we are opposed to both of them, strongly, because it is unfair," Wong said.
There are currently 2.4 million members of the American Legion.