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DEFENSE COMMUNITIES 360

Virginia Governor Signs Bills Aiding Military Families, Veterans

  • April 5, 2011
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Military spouses residing in Virginia will be able to continue paying in-state tuition after they accompany an active-duty service member outside the state, under legislation enacted by Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R).

The measure was among 25 bills the governor signed into law last week at Fort Lee to assist active-duty military members, veterans and their families. Another bill extends the expiration date for certain licenses and certifications held by the spouse of a service member when they are stationed overseas.

Many of the bills support military veterans, including one that waives the one-year residency requirement needed to qualify for in-state tuition. Another allows veterans employed by the state to enroll in TRICARE supplement health coverage, reported the Progress-Index.

The legislative package is part of the governor’s attempt to make Virginia “America’s Most Veteran-Friendly State.” The commonwealth is home to 327,000 active-duty military members and dependents, the second largest active-duty population in the nation.

The governor and General Assembly advanced several efforts to make Virginia more veteran-friendly last year as well, including appointing a senior advisor for military community and dependent affairs, passing real estate tax relief for disabled veterans, and waiving fees for permits and applications for qualified veteran small business start-ups.

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