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Senator Wielechowski Receives National Award from Vietnam Veterans

Recognized as “Legislator of the Year”

Jacksonville, FL – Senator Bill Wielechowski (D-Anchorage) today was honored as the “State Legislator of the Year” by the Vietnam Veterans of America at their national convention.  He was chosen from the many thousands of legislators who serve their states throughout the nation.

“I am extremely honored to have been chosen for this national honor,” Wielechowski said.  “Serving Those who protect and defend us is a passion for me.  All Americans are in their debt.”

Wielechowski has spearheaded numerous pieces of legislation aimed at assisting members of the military both past and current.  He recently sponsored legislation that provides a $2,000 corporate income tax credit for each unemployed veteran hired by a business, or a $3,000 credit for hiring a disabled veteran.  He also passed legislation ensuring the remains of service members who make the ultimate sacrifice are disposed of by the person of their choosing.

“As Co-Chair of the Joint Armed Services Committee for six years, Senator Wielechowski worked tirelessly to ensure veterans and service members and their families have a voice.  He has held town hall meetings to listen to military and veteran groups to ensure there is support for our veterans, service members, and their families.  As a result, he is one of the best-informed members of our State Legislature on active service and veterans issues,” said Ric Davidge, President of VVA Chapter 904 and Chairman of VVA’s national Government Affairs Committee.

Davidge added that Wielechowski “has initiated and passed numerous pieces of veteran and service member issue-related legislation and budget items in the past 6 years that have helped improve the quality of lives for numerous members of Alaska’s military family.”

Vietnam Veterans of America is the nation’s only congressionally chartered veteran’s service organization dedicated to the needs of the Vietnam-era veterans and their families.

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