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Bill filed to help veterans qualify for benefits

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 Special to the Citizen

State Rep. Mark Pafford (D-West Palm Beach) has filed legislation to provide crucial benefits to veterans in Florida. 

 House Bill 171 will allow veterans of Operation New Dawn and other military operations subsequent to Sept. 11, 2001, to qualify for the same benefits as those with service under prior administrations.

 “When Floridians are making huge sacrifices to serve and protect our country, the right thing to do is to ensure their eligibility for the benefits that they and their families deserve,” said  Pafford. “Florida is home to nearly 200,000 men and women who have been deployed to active duty since September 11, 2001.  By recognizing in Florida statutes Operation New Dawn and other military operations subsequent to September 11, 2001, we will ensure that these veterans receive the benefits they have earned for their service to our state and our country.”

The Senate version of the bill, SB 430, is sponsored by Senator Thad Altman (R-Melbourne).