Congressional Candidate Jack Bergman is visiting the Copper Country today.
A meet and greet is planned for the Republican nominee at U.P. Health System—Portage starting at 6pm.
Bergman spent part of Tuesday visiting with veterans in Marquette.
He said the goal was to open up dialogue about issues other veterans are facing.
“No one, veterans included, ever wants to be alone or feel alone,” said Bergman. “Part of my message to them, and the interaction this morning, was that we need to reach out to our fellow veterans to share the experience, share the dialogue, lend an ear, probably more important than lending a tongue.”
Northern Michigan University’s Director of Veterans Services, Michael Rutledge, says having Bergman speak about his experiences has a positive effect on student veterans.
“It’s nice to be able to recognize veterans, particularly young veterans who have just gotten out or have been out recently,” said Rutledge. “To have someone senior ranking let them know what they did was important, but more importantly, what they’re going on to do is important. They can bring the experience they obtained in the service into their civilian careers.”
Bergman, a retired three-star general for the U.S. Marine Corps, appeared at Northern Michigan University and was hosted by the Student Veterans of America chapter.