Wednesday, April 09, 2014

An Act Relative to Veterans' Access, Livelihood, Opportunity, and Resources - updated

On April 3, 2014 Governor Patrick signed into law, the Valor Act II which builds on the Valor Act previously passed. This new legislation increases the benefits for veterans and their families, and creates new opportunities as well. Some of the highlights of the bill include:
  •  a creating a home modification program to help injured veterans stay in their homes. The purpose of this program is to provide funding for home modifications services made necessary by the functional limitations associated with the veteran’s service connected disability.
  • allowing students enrolled in college, who are called to active duty, to either complete their course work without penalty after returning or to withdraw and receive a tuition refund.
  •  increasing penalties for disturbing military funerals by a fine of not more than $2,000 or by imprisonment for not more than 2 years in a house of correction, or both.
  •  guard against charity fraud by mandating that organizations shall, prior to such solicitation, apply for designation as a veterans’ charitable organization 
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