Four-star general speaking at local Salvation Army event

Courtesy photo of Barry McCaffrey.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Four-Star General and former White House Drug Czar Barry McCaffrey (Ret.) is in Grand Rapids to spotlight the Salvation Army of Kent County and celebrate local veterans.

Gen. McCaffrey was the most highly decorated four-star general in the U.S. Army upon his retirement in 1996. He served four combat tours and earned three Purple Hearts, according to the Salvation Army’s website.

He will be speaking at the Salvation Army’s “Celebrating our Veterans” event at 7 p.m. Thursday at Steelcase Town Hall, located at 1111 44th Street SE.

More than 300 people are expected to attend the dinner. The event is open to the public and tickets were still available Thursday morning. Tickets can be purchased at or by calling 616.459.3433.

The general says he’s coming because of all the great work the Salvation Army of Kent County does.

“The Salvation Army of Kent County is a national model of service to help others,” said Gen. McCaffrey. “The numbers they help are staggering.”

Gen. McCaffrey also gave insight on what’s happening in Afghanistan and ISIS in America. Watch his full interview on Daybreak above.



Salvation Army of Kent County

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