Governor signs law to benefit veterans

BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Veterans can expect to see a lot of benefits coming their way soon. Governor Deval Patrick signed the second round of the Valor Act.

The bill is called Valor Act II and it was signed into law Wednesday providing veterans who served our country with much-needed benefits.

The new redesigned piece of legislation known as Valor Act II will provide the state’s 380,000 veterans with job opportunities, education, and tax relief so they can stay in their homes.

The bill will also benefit those who are currently in the military by allowing college students who are called to duty to return to school penalty-free or get a full tuition refund.

“If it wasn’t for them we wouldn’t be free so they’re the ones that make our lives safe and free everyday so we owe it to them,” said Rep. Carlo Basile, who’s on the Joint Committee on Veteran and Federal Affairs.

The state is dedicating $350,000 dollars to train and certify service officers who will help veterans get their benefits.

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