Disabled Veteran Banned From 4th of July Parade For Trying to Exercise Right To Free Speech

An incident at a 4th of July parade in International Falls, MN is causing a great stir. That’s because Kevin Adee, the parade manager, decided a disabled veteran named Charlie Makidon couldn’t enter the parade. First, here’s some background information on Mr. Makidon: He’s from Backus, MN. He’s the former Commander of Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 2, which is based in St. Paul, MN.

Mr. Makidon’s ‘offense’ was to attempt to pass out literature with Congressman Rick Nolan‘s voting record against military veterans. Mr. Makidon spent $160 on literature to hand out at the parade in his attempt to educate the voters in Minnesota’s Eighth District.

Acccording to Congressman Nolan’s defense issues page, Nolan is a champion for veterans:

I am working on the following bills to help our service members, veterans, and their families:

The Department of Veterans Affairs Management Accountability Act (H.R.4031) – a small but positive step toward addressing the widespread lack of accountability and negligence within the VA.

Manufacuturing Jobs for Veterans Act (H.R.4629) – Encourages manufacturers to hire returning veterans, and requires the Department of Labor to award $50 million in grants over the next 5 years to establish state pilot programs for job training & more.   Read the full article.

 

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