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VoteVets PAC Endorses Cannon for Congress

 ·, Press Release

Fife Lake, Mich. – One of the largest veterans groups in the nation, with over 360,000 supporters, PAC, is today endorsing Jerry Cannon for Congress, in Michigan’s First Congressional District.

“From Vietnam to Iraq, Jerry Cannon’s life has been about serving America and Michigan,” said Rick Hegdahl, Operation Iraqi Freedom Veteran and Veterans Coordinator for PAC.  “Jerry is one of those rare breeds, who has lived his life in service to others.  He’s served America in uniform, and returned home to wear another uniform – that of Sherriff of Kalkaska.  Now, the people of Michigan’s First District have a chance to send him to Washington to continue his service.  There is no doubt that he’ll be exemplary Congressman, if they do.”

After graduating from high school in 1967, Jerry Cannon enlisted in the Marine Corps and served in Vietnam from 1967 to 1969.  After his honorable discharge, he joined the River Rouge Police Department.  In 1977, he joined the Michigan Army National Guard, as well as joining the Kalkaska County Sheriff’s Department.  In 1987, he became Sheriff, and was reelected four times, retiring in 2004 to focus on his National Guard duties.  He was promoted to Major General in 2006.

In 2008, Cannon served in another war, deploying to Iraq where he was assigned to serve as Director General of the Civilian Police Training Team.  He returned home in 2009, then went back to Iraq in 2010, this time to serve as Deputy Commanding General for Detainee Operations.  He returned home in 2011, and retired from the National Guard in 2012.

Founded in 2006, the mission of Political Action Committee is to elect Veterans to public office, with a focus on Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, and hold public officials accountable for their words and actions that impact America's 21st century troops and veterans. Though PAC is non-partisan, candidates it backs must support's core mission and beliefs.