Our veterans have served our state and nation proudly and honorably, and Jim knows that we must do everything we can to help them. In his first year in the Senate, Jim led the fight to allow slot machines in veterans organizations in Worcester County, to provide our Veteran organizations with much needed additional revenues. To make it easier for veterans to receive the benefits they have earned through their military service, Jim spearheaded the effort to add a veteran's status to their driver's license. Knowing the valuable service that veterans' organizations provide to our communities, Jim proudly voted to grant them tax-exempt status.
In order to help military veterans transition back into civilian life, Jim is a proud supporter of efforts to help returning military members find a job and further their education. Men and women of our armed forces come out of the military with many skills and abilities that translate directly into civilian life, but they used to have to contend with burdensome licensing and regulation requirements. Jim co-sponsored and voted for a bill to streamline the licensing process and make it easier for veterans to more easily carry over their military skills into civilian life. Jim co-sponsored legislation that extends the deadline for returning veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts to apply for scholarships from the Veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq Conflicts Scholarship Program.
Until every one of our brave men and women are home from distant lands, Jim believes it is our duty to honor those service members who have not returned home yet by having the POW/MIA flag fly over state buildings.