Eastchester veterans seek investigation of national group for discrimination

Eastchester veterans are outraged at the refusal of a Yonkers woman to join a national organization. They are seeking an investigation into the organization for possible violations of federal law.

Ligaya Lagman?s son died in combat in Afghanistan last year. Because she is not a U.S. citizen, Lagman was denied admission in the American Gold Star Mothers, a national organization for mothers of fallen soldiers.

Members of VFW Post 22-85 in Eastchester are upset by Lagman?s denial, calling it discrimination. Yonkers Mayor Phil Amicone announced the city will be erecting its own Gold Star Mothers Memorial next year and says Lagman?s name will be on it.

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