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Panelist Bio


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).

Current Topic


     04/17 - Coastal Restoration: The Next Wave

What new funding resources are available to the state?
Louisiana is in a battle against devastating land loss. The state’s 2017 updated coastal restoration Master Plan will be presented to the Legislature during the regular session that begins this month. For the first time in its history, Louisiana will have significant funding to begin implementing coastal projects, as the first of the state's long awaited oil and gas revenues kick in this year.

Critics of large river diversion projects fear fresh water will devastate salt water species and marsh grasses and take too long to have a measurable impact. Critics of dredging argue it is costly, only builds small areas, and may not be the best use of limited resources. But is it an either-or question? What new funding resources are available to the state?

Wednesday, April 26 at 7PM

Our panelists are
• Bren Haase; Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority
• Denise Reed, Ph.D.; The Water Institute of the Gulf
• Captain George Ricks; The Save Louisiana Coalition
• Mark Schleifstein; journalist, The Times Picayune

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney, and television news anchor, Andre’ Moreau, host the program.

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 their station websites for schedule.
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Should alternatives to prison be used for criminals charged with non-violent offenses?

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