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Press Release: Rep. Carl Gatto

Legislature Passes HJR 16 For Disabled Veterans

Resolution supports opportunities for challenged servicemembers
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Rep. Carl Gatto (R-13)
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Posted: March 12, 2010
Contact: Karen Sawyer, 465-5025, Chief of Staff


(Juneau) - The Alaska State Senate today unanimously passed House Joint Resolution 16, supporting service-disabled veterans in building new businesses by urging the federal government to implement policy already signed into law.

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Ak St Legislature MajorityOur veterans are returning to Alaska, having given up a year, sometimes two or three, in opportunities. This gives them an advantage to be able to jumpstart their way into starting a business.Ak St Legislature Majority


The Veterans Benefits Act of 2003 offered a three-percent federal procurement preference to assist service-disabled veterans in starting new businesses. HJR 16 sponsor Rep. Carl Gatto, R-Palmer, says that the federal preference helps assist veterans who face challenges in life and also face additional business start-up challenges. However, most federal agencies in Alaska have not complied with the mandate, leading Gatto to sponsor the resolution.

“Our veterans are returning to Alaska, having given up a year, sometimes two or three, in opportunities,” Gatto said. “This gives them an advantage to be able to jumpstart their way into starting a business. This was the intention of the procurement preference passed by the federal government. All we’re trying to do is let our veterans take advantage of it.”

HJR 16 now moves to the governor for signature.

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