Three People from Michigan Invited to State of the Union

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Two brothers who run a Detroit-area roofing business and a Grand Rapids native severely wounded in Afghanistan have been invited to view Tuesday night's State of the Union address from the first lady's box.
Gary and Robert Allen are among those invited to sit with Michelle Obama as her husband, President Barack Obama, delivers his annual address to Congress.
The Allens have been partners in the family business for 25 years. Allen Brothers Inc. is a roofing products manufacturing company in Rochester Hills.
Also invited to sit with the first lady is Staff Sgt. Brian Mast, who is a native of Grand Rapids. He was seriously injured by a roadside bomb in September, losing both legs just below the knee and an index finger.


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  • by Anonymous on Jan 25, 2011 at 06:05 AM
    wonder who barack sent out to find these people?? WE all know he wouldnt even touch down near detroit.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 25, 2011 at 05:02 AM
    It is an honor to be invited to attend these speeches, but more often than not, it is a political statement like joe the plumber.
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