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Governor Parnell Invites Military to Call Alaska Home


October 26, 2009, Anchorage, Alaska - Inspired by the 75,000 military veterans who live in Alaska, Governor Sean Parnell urged members of the armed services stationed in the state to consider staying permanently after their discharge.

"I've seen noble characteristics displayed again and again by Alaska's military," Governor Parnell said in a speech at Fort Richardson. "I would like you to call Alaska home even after your military service is complete. You are just the kind of men and women we want to permanently reside in Alaska. Your character, courage, integrity, training, self-discipline and patriotism all lead me to ask you to make Alaska your permanent residence once you leave active-duty military service."

Speaking at a quarterly meeting of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Frontier Chapter, the governor noted cooperation in meeting veterans' needs among the state, the federal government, Alaska's military leadership and communities, and Alaska Native groups and corporations.

The State of Alaska employs 12 veteran service officers located around the state. Last year, as a result of their efforts, more than 10,000 veterans received help getting pension and disability benefits totaling $31 million.

For more information on veterans' benefits available through the State of Alaska, visit: http://veterans.alaska.gov/state_benefits.htm.

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