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Governor Signs Saddler's Military Appreciation Bill

HB 357 lets young men and women in the armed forces enter patriotic clubs

Monday, July 28, 2014, Wasilla, Alaska – Representative Dan Saddler’s bill easing a vague hurdle to military members and their spouses hoping to enter patriotic clubhouses was signed into law today by the governor.

“Patriotic clubs, such as those operated by the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and others, are places for soldiers and veterans to relax with their comrades and enjoy the special understanding and support from others who have ‘been there’,” Saddler, R-JBER/Eagle River, said. “HB 357 makes it easier for servicemen and women to visit such clubs.

“I am thankful that Governor Sean Parnell has signed this simple military appreciation bill into law, and to my colleagues in the Legislature for its unanimous passage. We’re removing a roadblock allowing the men and women in our armed forces in Alaska, who already face special challenges, to feel more connected to their peers and communities,” Saddler said.

House Bill 357 eliminates vague restrictions in state law barring access to such clubs by active-duty military personnel over age 21, and their spouses. It also allow soldiers under 21 with military IDs and their spouses to visit such clubs as guests. The bill does not allow underage soldiers to consume alcohol.

HB 357, which passed the House and Senate unanimously, takes effect Oct. 26.

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