Two Florida Lawmakers Combine Efforts Aimed At Helping Vets, Active Military

Aug 28, 2015

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Two Florida lawmakers are combining their separate efforts aimed at helping military veterans as well as those deployed overseas.

The bill gives veterans priority for registering for college classes. Sen. Aaron Bean’s (R-Fernandina Beach) measure also calls for the creation of a task force under the Secretary of State to brainstorm how to count the votes of those serving overseas.

On my side of the bill, we’ve heard from veterans who say it can be very difficult sometimes submitting your vote and sometimes there’s not enough time to submit a vote when you’re overseas deployed,” said Bean.

The other part of the bill allows veterans to check off a box requesting available local, state, and federal benefits.

“That says when you get your driver’s license, the folks at the Driver’s license place will say ‘hey, if you’re a veteran, would you like some information on services catering to veterans in this area. That’s easy. That’s it,” added Bean.

That part of the bill is by Rep. Greg Steube (R-Sarasota)—also a veteran.

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