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Alfred “Al” Leger
Louisiana Department of Veteran Affairs

Alfred “Al” Leger is Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs (LDVA). The mission of the LDVA is to provide comprehensive care and quality service to Louisiana's Veterans and their families. As LDVA’s Deputy Assistant Secretary, Leger is responsible for all Counselors and Paralegals providing VA Benefits support in the State of Louisiana.

Leger worked his way up through the State VA system serving as Counselor then Counselor Supervisor up to Southwest Regional Manager responsible for all offices in Southwest Louisiana from the Sabine River to the Mississippi River south of Alexandria. Leger’s duties include ensuring that all Counselors and Paralegals properly assist veterans when applying for Federal and State veterans’ benefits statewide.

Leger retired from the Navy after 20 years of service having served in the ranks from E-1 to Aviation Structural Mechanics Chief Petty Officer E-7.

He is married (41 years) to Elizabeth Leger (formerly Elizabeth Bourque) and currently reside in Rayne, LA.

They have two children Kristopher (medically discharged from the US Navy residing in Virginia Beach, VA) and Michelle (Graduate of UL Lafayette currently teaching music at Silsbee middle school residing in Vidor, TX).

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01/17 - Healthy New Year!

What is the best approach to shedding pounds in a state where cuisine is part of its culture?

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January heralds the beginning of a New Year and for many, a resolution to practice a healthier lifestyle. According to the 13th annual State of Obesity report, Louisiana now has the highest rate of adult obesity in the country.

So, what is the best approach to shedding pounds in a state where cuisine is part of its culture? Which diet is the most effective for losing weight? What weight loss surgeries are available and how safe are they? And what role does exercise play in the health equation? Louisiana Public Square searches for answers on “Healthy New Year!” Wednesday, January 25 at 7pm on LPB HD and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recording Tuesday, January 24)

Do you have a story of weight loss challenges and success that you want to share? Be a part of our audience when we record “Healthy New Year!” on Tuesday, January 24 at 7 p.m. at LPB. Email your contact information to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Seating is limited, so reply soon!




Our panelists are:
• Drake Bellanger, M.D., Weight Loss Surgical Centers of Louisiana
• Catherine Champagne, Ph.D. , Pennington Biomedical Research Center
• Stephanie Elwood, Southern University AgCenter
• Rudy Macklin, Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness & Sports


LPB CEO, Beth Courtney and family physician and author, Dr. Rani Whitfield, moderate the discussion.


Louisiana Public Square can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check the station websites for schedules.



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