As we prepare to commemorate Veterans Day on Saturday, I want to say thanks to all those who have answered the call to protect our freedom and this great county. It is good we set aside this day to honor our true American heroes, but please know your efforts are truly appreciated the other 364 days of the year as well.
The Legislature passed into law this year a number of bills to support veterans. Here are some of the highlights:
Those bills we passed follow our significant achievements in the 2015-16 biennium to support veterans. One of the most notable bills from the last biennium just became effective for the 2017 tax filing year, exempting military retirement pay from being taxed.
On another note, this is a good time to talk with kids and help them understand who veterans are and how valuable they are. Our kids may see veterans on a daily basis and not even realize it, so let's do our best to share that message.
Thank you once again to those veterans who have sacrificed so much for us.