Sunday, July 12, 2009

McDonnell: Make Virginia “America’s Most Veteran Friendly State”

Veterans for McDonnell

Bob McDonnell Press Release can be read in its entirety here:
McDonnell: Make Virginia “America’s Most Veteran Friendly State”

Army Veteran Rolls out Broad List of Proposals in Speech to American Legion

RICHMOND- Bob McDonnell, Republican gubernatorial nominee and former Attorney General of Virginia, today rolled out a broad package of proposals all designed to make Virginia “America’s Most Veteran Friendly State.” McDonnell unveiled the proposals in his speech at the 91st Annual Convention of the American Legion, Department of Virginia, in Richmond. McDonnell is a United States Army veteran. He served 21 years active duty and reserve, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1997. His father was a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force. McDonnell’s oldest daughter, Jeanine, served in the United States Army, including a one-year tour of duty in Iraq.

The highlights of McDonnell’s far-reaching proposals to make Virginia “America’s Most Veteran Friendly State” include:

- Commit Virginia to helping veterans find jobs by consolidating current state efforts; starting a state-run veterans employment website; bringing business leaders to the table; waiving administrative fees for applications and permits for veterans starting small businesses; implementing state hiring incentives for veterans
- Support effort to grant real estate tax relief to disabled veterans
- Provide burial vault funding for heroes laid to rest in Virginia’s state veterans cemeteries
- Designate a member of the Governor’s Cabinet with responsibility to be the Senior Advisor for Active Duty Military Community and Dependent Affairs
- Protect Department of Defense assets in Virginia by assembling team focused on keeping military facilities in the Commonwealth and pursuing opportunities for growth
- Establish “Virginia Compact with Veterans” to guarantee Virginia leads the nation in taking care of veterans
- Evaluate veteran homelessness issue and direct state government to work with federal and private partners to launch a homeless veteran program
- Continue the Virginia Wounded Warrior program to help veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury
- Speed up and simplify veterans benefit claims processing
- Name the “Honor and Remember” Flag as the official flag by which the Commonwealth remembers Virginians killed in the line of duty

Speaking about making Virginia “America’s Most Veteran Friendly State”, McDonnell stated, “Our freedom is purchased daily by the sacrifice of American men and women serving valiantly in locations around the world. They volunteer to stand up for America, and when these heroes return we must stand up for them. A tradition of military service runs deep in the McDonnell family, as it does in so many other Virginia families. Personally, I owe my college education, and law degree, to the opportunities provided to me by the United States Army. I never forget that. As governor, I will look for each and every opportunity by which Virginia’s government can help the over 800,000 veterans who call the Commonwealth home. They have served us; now Virginia’s state government must better serve them.”

In my honest opinion this is a pretty comprehensive list of proposals that I can support and commend Bob McDonnell for coming up with. First, its about jobs and opportunity. Second, its about a warm hearted appreciation for our veterans and those who choose to serve. Third, it includes a special topic of interest for me. Veterans homelessness which I will cover in a seperate post.

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  3. Bob McDonnell is doing a good job it includes a special topic of interest for me. thanks for the posting...............

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