For Immediate Release: February 21th, 2014
Senator Wielechowski Introduces Package of Legislation Supporting Military Families
JUNEAU – Today Senator Bill Wielechowski (D-Anchorage) unveiled the final piece in a package of legislation aimed at helping military families in Alaska. The package includes:
• SB 143 – Keeps military families with special needs children in the queue for Medicaid services when they return from duty instead of needing to re-apply for services.
• SB 141 – Provides Alaska’s National Guard members with one free vehicle registration to honor their service to the state and nation.
• SJR 19 –Supports building an Alaska Native and American Indian Veterans Memorial on the mall in Washington D.C.
• SJR 20 –Calls on Congress to revamp the military’s internal reporting processes for sexual assault to increase confidentiality and prevent retaliation.
Today Senator Wielechowski introduced a final resolution, calling on Congress to pass the Toxic Exposure Research and Military Family Support Act. This Act would create a medical facility to diagnose, treat and research health issues that arise from exposure to Agent Orange and other toxins.
“Members of the military face a variety of challenges as they balance service to our nation with care for themselves and their family members,” said Senator Wielechowski. “It’s incumbent on all Alaskans and all Americans to offer them a helping hand in recognition of all that they do for us. This package of legislation is a small, but critical, step in that direction.”
For more information contact Senator Wielechowski at (907) 465-2435.