Legislature Passes HJR 16 For Disabled Veterans
|Resolution supports opportunities for challenged servicemembers|
Posted: March 12, 2010
(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.
Our 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.
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.
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