Brady supports legislation helping veterans, military personnel
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[June 22, 2007]
SPRINGFIELD -- Helping Illinois
veterans and military personnel is the goal of several legislative
measures supported by state Sen. Bill Brady, R-Bloomington, and
approved by lawmakers this spring.
The bills now await action
by the governor to become law.
"The men and women of the armed
services are making an enormous sacrifice, as have their fellow
veterans from prior military actions and wars. They all put their
lives on hold, and often in jeopardy, to represent our country,"
Brady said. "We need to do what we can to help them when they return
Senate Bill 8 provides student financial aid to nurses working
in Illinois veterans homes, to encourage young medical professionals
to work in the facilities. Qualified applicants would receive a
$5,000 grant per year, for a total of four years.
The legislation also creates a Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Program to assist mental health professionals in counseling veterans
returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Senate Bill 1099 places Illinois veterans under the protection
of the Human Rights Act. Currently, veterans are afforded specific
consumer rights under Illinois law, including no stoppage of gas or
electricity, no lapse in life insurance policies and protection from
eviction while they are serving overseas.
The 44th District senator says it can be cost-prohibitive for
veterans to hire an attorney to assert their rights when they are
violated. By placing those violations under the Human Rights Act,
they can be enforced by the Illinois Human Rights Commission or
Illinois attorney general, which better protects veterans' rights.
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Other bills that are aimed at helping veterans and service
members and are awaiting the governor's approval:
Senate Bill 1438 -- Gives armed forces personnel an extra 45
days to renew their driver's license while they are on active duty.
House Bill 639 -- Grants veterans who are state employees up to
four days of leave per year to visit a veterans hospital for
treatment of a military service-related injury.
House Bill 668 -- Increases fines for violating the Veterans
Preference Act, which seeks to give veterans greater opportunities
in the work force. Maximum fines for violating the act will increase
House Bill 670 -- Creates the Illinois Discharged Servicemember
Task Force to identify complications involving the re-entry of
combat veterans into society. The task force will investigate such
issues as post-traumatic stress disorder, homelessness and
disabilities, which often afflict veterans.
More information on these bills is available online from the
General Assembly: www.ilga.gov.
[Text from news release sent on
Bill Brady by Illinois
Senate Republican staff]