Governor Pete Ricketts spoke to veterans and attendees of the American Legion – Department of Nebraska’s Annual Convention in Kearney on Friday. 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.”
GOV. RICKETTS IS MAKING NEBRASKA A GREAT PLACE FOR VETERANS
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.