New Legislation Announced to Help Minnesota's Veterans

By KBJR News 1

March 12, 2013 Updated Mar 12, 2013 at 7:03 PM CDT

Minneapolis, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- A Northland lawmaker is ramping up efforts to help Minnesota's military veterans.

On Tuesday, State Senator Roger Reinert announced a first-ever omnibus bill that will give increased attention to the issues that many veteran's face when they return from serving our country.

The proposals in this bill build on current veteran's policies as well as establish new fundraising initiatives such as the "Support our Veteran's" account.

The bill also supports veterans' families by extending eligibility under the Minnesota G-I Bill.

"Both the length and tempo of deployment have been significant for truly citizen soldiers so many of the things in the bill from tax provisions to additional funding, to a look at how we define a veteran are meant to help address that new generation of veteran that we know is out there but we still haven't gotten our minds around," said Senator Reinert.

The bill has bi-partisan support in both the house and senate.

Minnesota also held its annual Veteran's Day on the Hill Tuesday and the bill coincides with many of the concerns raised by veterans at the event.

Written and posted to the web by Raeanna Marnati