Jones sponsoring legislation to support veterans groups

Sen. Rick Jones

Sen. Rick Jones

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Rick Jones announced on Monday that he has learned that the state’s Liquor Control Commission will no longer allow members of the Veteran of Foreign Wars, American Legions and other veterans’ organizations to purchase alcohol in any club location other than their home club.

The commission has told Jones that under their recent interpretation of the law, a VFW member will only be able to purchase alcohol from their home chapter and not from other VFW clubs around the state.

“For decades, a member of the American Legion has been able to go around the state to any American Legion and purchase a beer, and now the Liquor Control Commission will not allow it,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “Veterans of this state have given a great deal to our country. They have earned the ability to visit their brothers and sisters in other cities and to order a beer.”

Jones has requested legislation that would allow for a member of any fraternal order that is currently allowed to sell alcohol to its members, such as VFWs, American Legions, and Moose and Eagles clubs, to be able to visit that same group’s clubs across the state and purchase alcohol.

“With this legislation, I will ensure that a member of the DeWitt VFW can go to the Charlotte VFW, the Durand VFW or any VFW in the state and purchase a beer,” Jones said. “These veterans risked their lives for this country — the least we can do is allow them to order a beer at these clubs.”