Governor Maggie Hassan issued the following statement after signing into law yesterday Senate Bill 90, a measure establishing a committee to study developing a policy for veteran preference in government hiring and extending the commission on the effects of service-connected post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury:
"Our veterans, as well as their families and loved ones, have sacrificed so bravely in defense of our freedom, and we must ensure they receive the full support they deserve. SB 90 will help our state address two of the most pressing challenges facing New Hampshire's veterans' community.
"Far too many veterans, especially those returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, are having difficulty finding good jobs that can help them support their families. In 2009, I was proud to sponsor legislation that created a preference for hiring veterans for jobs in state government, and exploring how we can strengthen this preference is a commonsense way we can help more returning servicemen and women transition into the civilian workforce and use the skills they have developed to build steady careers.
"Additionally, every day we are identifying more of our veterans who suffer from PTSD and traumatic brain injuries, putting undue strain on themselves and their loved ones. Extending the work of the commission on the effects of service-connected post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury will help ensure that we continue to study these issues in order to provide our veterans with the appropriate treatment they need.
"Thank you to the wide range of sponsors and advocates who worked on this bill, and to the entire State Legislature for unanimously supporting this critical measure."