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Gatto Comments on Veterans Legislation - HB 24 & HJR 16

Friday, June 04, 2010, Palmer, Alaska – Representative Carl Gatto, R-Palmer, released the following statement today regarding the enactment of House Bill 24, legislation establishing a five percent State bidder preference for Alaska veteran-owned businesses, and his own House Joint Resolution 16, which calls on the federal government to implement the 2003 Veterans Benefit Act that creates a three percent federal procurement preference for service-disabled veterans.

Statement

“When veterans muster out of service, retire, or – God forbid – get injured and return to civil life, they can find it hard to re-adjust or transition into the next career. And that’s where these two bills come in. HJR 16 asks the federal government to do what Congress told them too: write the rules and guidelines to create the service-disabled veterans preference carried within the VBA of 2003. I’ve heard from some Alaska veterans who’ve told me federal agencies in Alaska aren’t complying with the law. That is unacceptable. We mustn’t further hinder our veterans. We should, and can, help them transition and start a business. That’s what HB 24 does; creating a State bidder preference for veteran-owned Alaska businesses. That’s a start. Both bills are small ways to say thanks to our veterans, honoring their sacrifice and helping them build family-sustaining civil lives.”

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