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WWII vet defends Constitution with Article V

Published in Blog on July 17, 2017 by Convention Of States Project

Vickie Deppe is the Illinois Legislative Liaison for the Convention of States Project. She first brought Don Shee to our attention, and we asked her to write a short piece on this exceptional volunteer.

I want to start by saying that I think my friend Don Shee would be appalled to know I’m bragging on him, because he’s a humble man. I’m going to do it anyway, though, because I hope his story will inspire you.

When I joined the Convention of States Project, I didn’t have to go looking for Don. He found me. He called me up at home (and, to be honest, it was a little disconcerting to hear how much he had been able to learn about me and my family on-line!). Since then, he’s been using his Internet savvy to monitor media throughout the nation for us. In fact, I connected with the legislator who would become our Democrat Chief Co-Sponsor because Don tipped me off to an event about a hundred miles from where we both live.

Don’s advocacy doesn’t stop at his keyboard. He actively campaigned to replace an incumbent with a new representative committed to championing the Convention of States cause. He’s been a tireless advocate with state legislators, fraternal organizations, friends, and neighbors. His family is throwing him a big birthday bash, and he asked if it was OK for them to put “Ask me about COS” on my name tag.

Have I mentioned that Don is 90 years old? Seventy years ago, he defended our Constitution during WWII as a gunner on a B-17. Today he does it by working for an Article V Convention. Don told me his dream is to see it happen before he closes his eyes for the last time. Will you join us? Will you help make Don’s dream a reality?

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