I am very proud to be the father of two sons currently serving in the United States military. I have always believed we need to do more to honor those who serve our nation and to make sure we do all we can to help our veterans making the often difficult transition to life here at home.
I am proud of what we accomplished for our veterans in the last legislative session, but we need to do more.
As a member of the Assembly Ways and Means Committee, I was proud to strongly support state funding for a Northern Nevada Veterans Home, which will be built in our Assembly district. I am closely monitoring activity at the federal level, as we are still waiting on federal matching funds to move forward. This facility is very much needed to serve our veterans here in Northern Nevada.
We also passed legislation improving outreach to veterans about services and laws affecting them, strengthening education opportunities in our higher education system, strengthening the quality of services and accountability for services provided by our state, and establishing a Women’s Veterans Advisory Committee.
To ensure accountability for these new initiatives, many of these bills included a reporting requirement to the Legislature. I will be closely monitoring these bills for their effectiveness and to learn how we can make our veteran services more effective.