Governor Sean Parnell today thanked the House for passing Senate Bill 145, his legislation to ensure veterans who served in the 1991 Gulf War and conflicts arising after September 11, 2001 can benefit from hiring and housing preferences granted to veterans of earlier conflicts.
Specifically, the bill increases job opportunities for veterans by extending a hiring preference to those who have served since the Vietnam War. SB 145 also implements the Heroes Earnings Assistance and Relief Tax (HEART) Act, which ensures military families receive full survivor benefits for fallen soldiers.
"I thank both the House and the Senate for passing this important legislation that will benefit Alaska's veterans," Governor Parnell said. "We are blessed to have so many veterans call Alaska home, and I will continue to do all that I can to ensure they have the resources they need and deserve. I'm pleased that legislators acted to create more opportunities for veterans and provide more stability for their families."