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June 6th, 2002
Only 56 years since the landings at Normandy
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Contact: Bill Orton at (562) 598-9630 or Muhammed Amin at (714) 356-2383
Bill Orton to speak to American G.I. Forum, will address immigrant drivers license issue      (ORANGE COUNTY) -- As people around the world mark the anniversary of the greatest military invasion of all history, state Assembly candidate William R. "Bill" Orton (D-Seal Beach) is praising lawmakers for legislation adopted this D-Day that would authorize the construction of new veterans homes around the state.
"This world is free from the tyranny of Adolf Hitler and Hideki Tojo because of the bravery of soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines who fought World War II," said Orton. "The least we can do for these veterans is to keep faith with the promises we have made. The new veterans homes are a good down payment on our debt to veterans."
Orton will be speaking on Saturday, June 22nd at 9 am to the American GI Forum, which is a Congressionally chartered national veterans group. The Orange County chapter will meet at 201 South Broadway, in Santa Ana.
Expected to be a hot topic confronting Orton will be questions from the floor about the candidate's position on drivers licenses for illegal immigrants. Orton is opposed to granting licenses to those not here legally.
"The GI Forum is a national chicano civil rights group comprised of veterans," said Orton. "I know that some of the folks there are not going to agree with my position, but I look forward to a cordial debate on all sorts of issues."
Orton is calling swift passage in the state Senate of the legislation to build the veterans homes.
Orton has also called upon the Bush Administration to begin talks with the government of Japan, on reparations for veterans and civilians who were brutalized while help prisoner in Japanese POW camps during WWII.
Orton is also calling for a permanent waiver of state fees for veterans who apply for a hunting or fishing license. "That's not realy something big, but it'd be a nice way to say thank you to the brave men and women who have served this nation."
For more information abut Bill Orton's race for state Assembly, visit http://billyorton.com.
TIDBITS: Orton picked up support for his candidacy from KENNETH BECKNER and JOHN VINCENT, each WWII veterans living in Downey. Beckner charged Utah Beach on D-Day. Vincent served in the Pacific, under Douglas MacArthur. Also supporting Orton are veterans JOE ESQUIVEL, of Lakewood and ROBERT ("Bob") DENNY, of Seal Beach, a bombadier who won the Distinguished Flying Cross for action over the English Channel.
BILL ORTON is the Democratic candidate for State Assembly in the 67th District, which covers Cypress, Huntington Beach, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Rossmoor, Seal Beach, and portions of Anaheim, Garden Grove, Stanton and Westminster.
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