Moolenaar's veterans board legislation sent to governor
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
LANSING – Sen. John Moolenaar’s legislation ensuring state and county veterans boards are able to fulfill their duties supporting veterans and their families is on its way to the governor to be signed into law.
“I believe that all veterans who have served our country should have the opportunity to serve on state veterans boards,” said Moolenaar, chairman of the Senate Veterans, Military Affairs and Homeland Security Committee. “Currently only 25 percent of the state’s 703,000 veterans are eligible to serve on the Veterans’ Trust Fund Board. This legislation opens up service opportunities for all Michigan veterans.”
Senate Bill 798, sponsored by Moolenaar, would revise the membership criteria for the Michigan Veterans’ Trust Fund Board of Trustees and veterans county and district committees, which distribute funds to eligible wartime veterans and their families, to relieve temporary financial crisis or hardship.
“This legislation strengthens our veterans boards for the long-term by ensuring Michigan’s veterans receive the benefits they earned,” said Moolenaar, R-Midland. “I look forward to seeing the governor sign this legislation that will help Michigan’s veterans boards continue to provide vital assistance to those who have served our country.”
Senate Bill 798 has been sent to the governor for consideration and signature.
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