Governor Baker Signs Legislation Supporting Veterans’ Benefits and Housing
Expands scholarship and community support opportunities; establishes Gold Star Memorial Park in Fall River
BOSTON – Today, Governor Charlie Baker was joined by active duty service members and veterans of the United States Armed Services, Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders, Secretary of Veterans' Services Francisco Ureña and members of the legislature as he signed An Act relative to housing, operations, military service, and enrichment, (H. 4285) or "The HOME Act," into law. The omnibus legislation provides additional support for members of the Armed Services, veterans, gold star families, and the Commonwealth's two Soldiers’ Homes.
“We are grateful to the brave men and women who have answered the call for our nation and Commonwealth ," said Governor Charlie Baker. "I am honored to sign this legislation enhancing the services Massachusetts provides to those active service members, veterans and families who selflessly serve to secure our safety and freedom."
“This legislation provides important support for the veterans and service members of our Armed Services who have fought to uphold our nation’s values,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “We are pleased to provide critical assistance with financial security, housing, and educational opportunities for all those who have served and for their loved ones here at home.”
“These laws highlight our commitment as a Commonwealth to our veteran population,” said Secretary of Veteran Affairs Francisco Ureña. “I am pleased to see the legislature’s support of our country’s heroes.”
“I am so proud of the commitment from my colleagues and the Baker Administration in continuing to address the needs of our veterans,” said Senator Mike Rush, Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs. “This legislation not only provides comprehensive services and programs to those who serve their country, but give them the recognition that they deserve. It is our job as elected officials to do all we can to support those brave men and women and their families who serve this great country.”
“There is no question that Massachusetts is number one in terms of providing services to our veterans,” said Representative Jerry Parisella, Chairman of the Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs. “Although we do so much for our veterans, it is important that we continue to improve the lives of those who have so gallantly served their country.”