Consumer Column

Veterans Day: Time for Appreciation and Education

BATON ROUGE, LA – As Louisiana citizens prepare to celebrate Veterans Day, Attorney General Jeff Landry – a veteran of Desert Storm – is sharing his gratitude and offering consumer tips for his fellow veterans.

“Veterans Day is a celebration of the brave men and women who have given of themselves to protect our freedoms and God-given rights. It is also a time to remind these heroes that programs are available to help them and that despicable con artists may be targeting them,” said General Landry. “So as we thank veterans for their selfless service, we also encourage them to check out our resource guide for service members and veterans and to take part in free educational opportunities across Louisiana.”

General Landry said scams targeting veterans can take many forms – including promises for quick and easy credit and car title loans, sky-high returns on bogus investment deals, hopes for online romance, interest in charitable giving, or the appeal of getting good housing at eye-catching prices. To help avoid these pitfalls, General Landry offers the following tips: do not rush into a supposed deal; research charities with the Better Business Bureau; get it in writing and review carefully before signing; and research consumer reports on the companies.

Additionally, General Landry encourages service members and veterans to download his resource guide at www.agjefflandry.com/Services or get a hard copy and other helpful information at one of the following events this month:

Wednesday, November 7: 10:00 AM
Louisiana Honor Medal Ceremony and Reception
Northwest Louisiana War Veterans Home, 3130 Arthur Ray Teague Parkway
Bossier City, LA

Thursday, November 8: 10:00 AM
Fort Polk Veterans Ceremony
1st Battalion, 5th Aviation Regiment Hangar
Fort Polk, LA

Thursday, November 8: 11:30 AM
10th Annual Veterans Breakfast
Hammond Recreation Center, 601 W. Coleman Street
Hammond, LA

Sunday, November 11: 11:00 AM
Veterans Day Ceremony
American Legion Nicholson Post #38
151 South Wooddale Boulevard
Baton Rouge, LA

Sunday, November 11: 11:00 AM
Pointe Coupee Chamber of Commerce’s Veterans Day Ceremony
2202 False River Drive
New Roads, LA

Monday, November 12: 11:00 AM
Veterans Day Ceremony
Negreet High School, 4129 Highway 476
Negreet, LA

Tuesday, November 13: 4:00 PM
Veterans Day Ceremony
Forest Hills Elementary School, 2005 Francais Drive 
Shreveport, LA

Thursday, November 15: 11:30 AM
Veterans Thanksgiving Luncheon
Hammond Recreation Center, 601 W. Coleman Street
Hammond, LA

Tuesday, November 20: 10:00 AM
Veterans Program
Southeast Louisiana War Veterans Home, 4080 West Airline Highway
Reserve, LA

To learn more about consumer protection resources available for military personnel, visit www.AGJeffLandry.com.

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