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Gov. Ricketts Addresses American Legion Convention in Kearney

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Gov. Ricketts addresses the 2018 American Legion Convention in Kearney.
KEARNEY – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts spoke to veterans and attendees of the American Legion - Department of Nebraska’s Annual Convention in Kearney.  At the convention, the Governor spoke about how his administration has been working to make Nebraska the most veteran-friendly state in the country.   
“United States military veterans are our country’s heroes,” said Governor Ricketts.  “Remembering our veterans is important, but how we treat them is a pivotal part of honoring their service and sacrifice.  That is why I have made it a priority to make Nebraska the best state in the nation to be a veteran.  To this end, we have been streamlining services for our veterans, expanding employment opportunities, and advocating for our veterans, among other things.”
Over the past few years, Governor Ricketts has worked with the Legislature and veterans’ groups to place a focus on supporting Nebraska’s military families and veterans.  Below are a few examples of how Governor Ricketts is making Nebraska a more veteran friendly state:
  • Merging the NDVA and the Division of Veterans’ Homes to create a one-stop shop for veterans’ services in Nebraska.
  • Approving a 20 percent pay increase for staff care technicians working for the NDVA.
  • Expanding the hiring preference in Nebraska to include spouses of service members.
  • Waiving the requirement for veterans to resubmit certification for a key property tax exemption if no change in medical condition has occurred.
  • Creating five additional Military Honor License Plates to recognize the service of members of the reserves of the armed forces.
  • Approving revisions to Rule 21, allowing military spouses to receive a three-year teaching permit in Nebraska with a valid out-of-state license.
  • Signing LB 88e (2017) into law, which authorized the Department of Health and Human Services to issue temporary licenses for occupations regulated under the Uniform Credentialing Act to military spouses.