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Issue Position: Support for Service Members & Veterans

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Kentucky is home to more than 339,000 living veterans. They are neighbors, co-workers, friends and family. Across the ocean, our sons and daughters are at war, upholding a proud Kentucky tradition of service that dates to the War of 1812.

As a military veteran himself, Governor Beshear is ensuring that every Kentucky veteran receives the respect they deserve. And he is establishing support resources for active duty military to make their time away from home easier and their life outside of the military a success.

* Extended an exemption for military pay from the state's income tax to all active duty soldiers, reservists and members of the National Guard, so military families can hold on to more of their hard-earned dollars.

* Expanded the Military Family Assistance Trust Fund to cover more deployment-related hardship expenses.

* Recognizing the adverse consequences of traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder, he signed legislation requiring that those charged with a crime be asked if they have served in combat and be provided access to counseling.

* Partnered with a national program to provide free counseling services to veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and their family members.

* Instituted a preference to veterans in state government hiring.

* Purchased land for and opened the state's fourth state veterans cemetery to ensure all veterans received a peaceful and dignified final resting place.

* Signed a bill making it easier for children whose parents are in the military to transfer between schools.

* Overseeing the final phase of the Base Realignment and Closure transition of Fort Knox. This multi-year project is the most significant economic development happening in Kentucky, with the expectation of nearly 8,000 new jobs, an increase in the payroll at Fort Knox of well over a billion dollars and a massive influx of families. The state has invested millions of dollars for transportation, water, sewer and facilities infrastructure to support the rapid growth of the region.

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