Arkansas Online

By Carol Rolf

The folks inside the general store were waiting patiently for the arrival of U.S. Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., who was in Saline County as part of a week-long tour through central Arkansas to focus on veteran and military issues.

“We are so excited he is coming here,” Jana said as she took a break from waiting on customers.

“We want him to know that this is a space for neighbors, veterans to gather and exchange, discuss ideas. That’s been the whole point of our opening this store from the beginning,” she said.

“We have a lot of our regulars here today, but we’ve also invited veterans, members of the Saline County Sheriff’s Office and even some friends from the Secret Service,” she said.

Boozman said he was having a “good visit” in Saline County.

“I’ve visited with a lot of veterans, talking about their problems and issues,” he said. “I’ve heard a lot about problems dealing with basic issues such as health care. We’ve talked a lot about doing a better job.”

Boozman serves on the Senate’s Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

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