Veterans

Representative Campbell has previously served as Vice-Chairwoman on the Joint Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs and remains committed to providing appropriate resources for our Veterans. Linda is dedicated to our Veterans as she understands personally the struggles they face; she served as Chief of Intelligence Processing for the Army’s component of the Rapid Deployment Force, XVIIIth Airborne Corps, at Fort Bragg, NC, was a Paratrooper with over thirty jumps from military aircraft Intelligence and Personnel Officer in Germany at the height of the Cold War for six years. Also, her husband Donald Campbell is a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel. Massachusetts has a strong and historic record as the most generous state when it comes to Veterans’ benefits. The “Welcome Home Bill” provides Veterans and their families with one of the most comprehensive benefits packages in the nation, including shelter, educational opportunities, support services, and monetary bonuses. See below for Veteran legislation Representative Campbell has supported in previous Legislative Sessions: Thank you to the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce! IMG_5928 IMG_5932 Thank you to the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce for holding such an important Veterans event at your Expo! We were able to discuss the challenges all veterans face once they leave the military and particularly the challenges women veterans’ face when seeking employment. The event encourages businesses in our area to hire veterans. It also creates awareness of the organizations and resources that will help veterans find jobs, become entrepreneurs, and help them acclimate back into their communities.  Thank you to MVCC President Joe Bevilacqua, Senator Barbara L'Italien,Executive Director John Ratka of The Northeast Outreach Center, SCORE, and the Small Business Association for everything that you do to help our veterans. H3216 - An Act relative to provide tuition waivers for children of disabled veterans The bill adds “children of disabled veterans” to the list of individuals eligible for the Tuition and Fee Waver Program under the Dept. of Higher Education. Current law includes waivers and fees for veterans, armed forces personnel, senior citizens, and graduate students. H3425 - An Act Further Supporting Massachusetts Military Families This bill provides the Massachusetts Military Families organization with clarification on how revenues from voluntary contributions made through the Mass. Military Family Relief Fund may be used to ensure that the Legislature's mandate to assist Guard, Reserve and Gold Star Families across the Commonwealth is fulfilled. In addition, the bill clarifies that the Foundation can provide certain services, such as educational and awareness programs; authorizes Fund monies to be used to support all Gold Star Families across the Commonwealth. This language would expand benefits to support Gold Star Families from any branch of service (active and reserve), therefore eliminating any disparities in supporting Massachusetts Gold Star Families; and increases transparency of how the voluntary contributions made through the Mass. Military Family Relief Fund are being distributed to military personnel and their families by requiring that the amount of grants awarded and related information be available to the public. An Act to recognize those in military service This bill directs the Registrar of Motor Vehicles to make available a distinctive emblem to Massachusetts residents who are currently serving on full-time active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces. Qualifying individuals will be able to purchase an emblem representing the specific military branch in which they are serving - including the U.S. Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard and Air Force - and affix it to the license plate on their private passenger motor vehicle or motorcycle. To cover the costs of production, the emblems will be made available for a fee that will not exceed $35. We believe these distinctive emblems are a great way for the state to recognize our troops and to acknowledge the many sacrifices these brave men and women are making on a daily basis to protect our country and the many freedoms we enjoy.      
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