2) Affords greater opportunities for service-disabled veterans to participate in public projects;
3) Makes it easier for children of military personnel to transfer between school districts and states;
4) Expands support by the Massachusetts Military Family Relief Fund to Gold Star Families, including uncapping the property tax exemption in year six and beyond (was $2,500);
5) Calls for Board of Higher Education to develop policies that consider a student's military occupation, training, coursework and experience for academic credit;
6) Allows for military training to be used for qualifying for trade and professional certifications;
7) Allows towns to adopt up to a $1,000 real estate tax abatement for veterans who provide volunteer services to their towns.
Veterans looking to continue their education should become familiar with the Post 9/11 GI Bill and other GI bills that focus on various aspects of higher education and skills training. A veteran with 36 months active duty or with a disability discharge can take advantage of 100%-paid tuition and fees at state universities.
VALOR Act press release: http://www.mass.gov/governor/pressoffice/pressreleases/2012/2012531-governor-signs-valor-act.html
VALOR Act: http://www.randyhuntcpa.com/podcasts/Bill_S02269_VALOR_Act_2012.pdf
GI Bill: http://www.gibill.va.gov/
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs VOW to Hire Heroes Act 2011: http://www.benefits.va.gov/VOW/
Massachusetts Veterans Assistance: http://www.massvetsadvisor.org/
Randy Hunt, State Representative / firstname.lastname@example.org
Susann Koelsch, Legislative Aide / email@example.com
East Sandwich, MA 02537