Rep Miceli, Legislature Pass Veterans HOME Act
Aug 02, 2016 11:16AM
By Theresa Gilman
State Rep. Jim Miceli, D-Wilmington.
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BOSTON, MA – With his colleagues in the House, Representative James Miceli voted in favor of and passed House Bill 4285, known as the Veterans HOME Act. This important legislation directly combats some of the most grievous issues effecting veterans as they transition into civilian life. The bill contains protections against employment discrimination, gives preference to veterans in a number of state programs, and provides a better resource system for veterans to receive housing assistance by establishing the Office of State Veterans’ Homes.
“I am thrilled that we were able to pass the Veterans HOME Act,” said Representative Miceli, “Following their service, many veterans are finding themselves facing challenges that they simply should not have to face alone. I am proud that our state is continuing to adapt to veterans’ needs and is setting an example for the nation in regards to providing for our brave veterans and their families.”
In addition to the numerous changes and provisions of the HOME Act that were made to directly combat homelessness among veterans, the bill also includes provisions that are meant to assist the families of Commonwealth veterans. One such provision was the expansion of a service scholarship program that was originally established for children of Vietnam-era POW’s to modern day children of POW’s. The Military Relief Fund which was previously only for service members killed in action has now been extended to service members whose death was related to their military service.
The bill also introduces several exemptions and changes to debt collection that will assist veterans both acquire, and stay in their homes. These include, a property tax exemption for families of disabled veterans or veterans who suffered an illness or injury as a result of their service, an excise tax exemption for veterans while deployed and the prohibition of municipalities from transferring debts to a collecting companies if the debtor is a veteran.
“This legislation helps makes our state a much more honoring and welcoming home for our veterans,” Representative Miceli added, “which is exactly the type of home every one of our service men and women deserve.”
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