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(Blue Springs) – Paul Connors, a US Air Force veteran, is scheduled to meet with Missouri Senators Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt in Washington, DC on July 9-11 to urge swift action on energy policies that would enhance national security.

Connors is part of a larger group known as Vets4Energy, an organization bound by veterans across the country who come from a range of branches and ranks and have served in every U.S. war and engagement since Vietnam.

Veterans from 26 different states, including Connors, will meet with their respective Senators in order to emphasize the urgency of implementing energy policies that will reduce U.S. dependency on foreign oil and strength the economy.

“To me, issues like the Keystone pipeline and unrealistic environmental regulations are common sense ways to avoid the energy security problems challenging our country,” Connors said. “Veterans are very well suited for this conversation as we have first-hand knowledge of what is at stake if we become too dependent on foreign oil.”

Vets4Energy is visiting Washington on behalf of America’s Energy Forum, a non-partisan coalition of citizens committed to achieving energy security for the United States and holding elected officials more accountable in shaping energy policies.

Connors began serving in the Air Force in 1959 with the Security Air Police. He was then dispatched to Vietnam at Nha Trang Air Base serving there in 1966 and 1967.

After leaving the military, Connors started his own accounting firm in Missouri in 1978. Connors was the Chief Financial Officer of the State of Missouri Veterans of Foreign Wars for ten years where he managed all financial aspects of that 45,000-member organization. He was appointed by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon to the Missouri Veterans Commission in 2009 and will serve in that capacity for the next four years.

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