CASCOM FRG Leader Viktoria Green poses with the guest speaker, state Sen. Henry L. Marsh III, and HHC, CASCOM, 1st Sgt. Laderek Green at the recent Hopewell Action Committee luncheon at the Regimental Club. (Contributed photo)

FORT LEE, Va. (July 28, 2011) -- Virginia Sen. Henry L. Marsh III was keynote speaker for the July 16 Hopewell Action Committee luncheon at the Fort Lee Regimental Club. Also attending with committee members were Delegate Rosalyn R. Dance, Soldiers, Department of the Army Civilians and family members.

"We had heard that Senator Marsh was going to discuss a number of ideas and issues directly affecting Soldiers, civilians and family members," said CASCOM Family Readiness Group Leader Viktoria Green. "I thought it was important that I attend so that I could bring relevant issues back to our FRG members, and I was certainly not disappointed."

Green said that Marsh touched on many issues directly affecting and impacting FRG members as well as military and civilian employees.

"Senator Marsh is an active state senator who is abreast of current issues and is a dynamic speaker, and he is also considered a pioneer of early human and civil rights struggle," she said.

CASCOM HHC's 1st Sgt. Laderek Green, husband of Viktoria Green, added, "The senator touched on such important issues as active duty and veterans' rights. Ongoing initiatives he is working on are to exempt disabled veterans from state personal property taxes and to hold a referendum to have local governments establish income guides for all taxes for veterans."

"Senator Marsh had the attention of everyone attending the luncheon," Green said. Marsh discussed a Joint Legislative and Review Committee initiative to discuss school districts and appropriations, an ongoing referendum whereby employees whose work week is cut to as few as 24 hours would still retain their benefits for up to six weeks and a $100 million expansion approved for Virginia State University. He also addressed the active military and their rights and entitlements, civilian employees and their rights and benefits, and the hiring and upward mobility of people with disabilities - both military and civilian, according to Green.

Marsh was a leader in the massive resistance against the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the Brown vs. Board of Education case that desegregated public schools.

Marsh served in the Army after earning a law degree. He has concentrated on civil rights law, and many of the findings in his cases helped change the country, said Green.

Marsh began his political career on the Richmond City Council in 1966. He has served in the state Senate since 1991. He is chair of the Courts of Justice Committee and a member of committees for Local Government, Finance, Rules and Transportation.

"Not only did we obtain a great deal of useful information from Senator Marsh to pass along to our FRG members," said 1st Sgt. Green, "but it was an awesome honor to meet and be in the company of leaders such as Senator Marsh and Delegate Dance."