Sen. Reinert announces first ever omnibus bill supporting thousands of veterans
ST. PAUL, MN – Senator Roger Reinert (DFL-Duluth) announced a package of legislation giving increased attention to the issues facing Minnesota veterans. The omnibus bill, SF 1278/HF1465 has bi-partisan support in both the Senate and House and directly responds to many of the concerns veterans discussed today at the “Veterans Day on the Hill” event.
Sen. Reinert, an actively serving member of the Naval Reserves, has been a proud supporter of strengthening policies impacting Minnesota veterans. “This bill is the first of its kind for veterans affairs. It gives legislators the chance to honor our vets through a series of initiatives bringing attention to the issues they face and ensuring those concerns don’t go unanswered,” said Sen. Reinert.
The proposals in this bill build upon current veterans policies as well as establish new fundraising initiatives such as the Support Our Veterans Account in the special revenue fund. The bill also supports veterans’ families by putting more funds towards the Gold Star program and extending eligibility under the Minnesota GI Bill.
“I am fourth generation Navy and I am proud to serve as both legislator and naval officer. I see it as my joint civic duty to make sure we have good policy in place to support our vets and their families,” continued Sen. Reinert. “Providing more opportunities to give back to those who served is the right thing to do.”
Sponsoring the bill in the House is Representative Bob Dettmer (R-Forest Lake), a veteran of the US Army Reserve. “Bob and I served shoulder to shoulder in a joint unit for several years. I am honored to serve with him again through our work on this important veterans affairs bill,” continued Sen. Reinert. “This legislation is another opportunity for lawmakers to come together as Minnesotans first and I am encouraged to see bi-partisan support in both chambers.”