State Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Midland, joined other members of the House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee this week in visiting Flint to hear residents’ concerns about water quality and thank Michigan National Guard troops who are deployed distributing water and filters.
Rep. Gary Glenn thanks Michigan National Guard members in Flint.
Glenn voted in favor of a $9 million emergency appropriation two months ago to aid relief efforts in Flint, and last week joined the House in unanimously approving another $28 million in emergency funding requested by Gov. Rick Snyder.
“I believe my obligation and duty as an elected official goes beyond just casting votes in Lansing,” Glenn said. “I have an obligation to set an example and hopefully encourage others to join me in volunteering to help our National Guard and the Red Cross distribute the water and filters and other supplies people in Flint need to feel safe and protect their health.”
Glenn made a point of thanking deployed Guardsman working from local fire stations in Flint to distribute supplies and conduct blood tests.
“It’s an important reminder of the duty our fellow citizen-soldiers often perform right here in our local communities, helping our neighbors rather than being asked to go fight somewhere else to protect us here at home. Both missions are important,” Glenn said.
His message to Flint residents he met at their cars driving in to pick up water: “I came from Midland to let you know we care and are committed to doing what’s needed to help. God bless you.”