[R76] Rep. McNamara: Supporting our US Military (5/22/2012)

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Start Date: 5/22/2012 All Day
End Date: 5/22/2012
Supporting our US Military

Like many of you, I am looking forward to the upcoming holiday weekend. On the long three day weekend, we are granted leisure time to spend with friends and family. As we are enjoying the barbeques and beginning of summer festivities, we must remember why we celebrate Memorial Day—to honor our military men and women.

Our country’s illustrious history has been forged by our brave military men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifices to protect our nation. On Memorial Day, we must honor the soldiers who served and those that continue to serve. Our military make many sacrifices and they need the support of family, friends and the entire country.

This session, we made it a priority to bring creative solutions to common problems soldiers were facing at home.

House Enrolled Act 1116 requires state educational institutions to award educational credit to members of the military who are enrolled in a state educational institution and successfully completed specified courses that are related to their military duties while serving in the armed forces. As part of military training, servicemen and women often complete educational courses, but are unable to receive college credit for those courses. It will now be easier for them to take their training and experience and apply it towards their education or a state license.

House Enrolled Act 1065 allows a parent who has received military deployment orders to delegate their parenting time to a person who has a close relationship with their child if the court determines that it is in the child’s best interest. Prior to this legislation, it was a struggle for a divorced military member to assign their visitation rights to an appropriate family member. With the passage of this legislation, military parents can ensure their children are getting to spend time with relatives while they’re away.

Take time this Memorial Day to honor our soldiers by attending a local parade, community event, or by taking a few moments of silence to remember the sacrifices that have been made to protect our freedoms.