Tuesday, August 23, 2011

U.S. Defense Department recognizes Sinema for military and veterans bills


Aug. 23, 2011

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Phoenix (District 15) has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Defense for her leadership on military and veterans’ issues during 2011.
Sinema worked hard this legislative session to pass the following military and veterans bills and resolution:

• SB 1458: Makes it easier and less costly for military families who routinely move by transferring their professional certification or license to Arizona more easily.

• SB 1283: Protects parents who receive temporary orders or deployment from the Armed Forces in child custody cases while they are away and fighting for our country.

• HB 2410 (substituted for SB 1223): Grants in-state tuition for honorably discharged veterans without requiring them to wait for one year's residence in Arizona.

• SB 1224 (amended onto SB 1373): Exempts spouses and unemancipated minors from being disqualified from unemployment benefits if they are changing locations with a member of the Armed Services under orders.

• SCM 1003 urges the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense to assist members or veterans of the armed forces who have been exposed to depleted uranium. The U.S. military uses depleted uranium, a radioactive heavy metal, in several of its armor-piercing munitions because its extreme density and its ability to penetrate targets make it an effective weapon. But when these munitions penetrate a hard target, it breaks into fragments and fine particles that ignite easily, and it produces dust particles that can be inhaled or ingested.

All of Sinema’s bills were signed into law and the resolution was sent to Congress.

“Our troops risk their lives every day to keep us safe,” Sinema said. “These common-sense bills protect service families and help them succeed. We also owe it to our veterans to make sure they receive fair treatment when they return from duty.”

The U.S. Department of Defense recognized Sinema specifically for her efforts on SB 1283 and SB 1458.

“Please accept our appreciation and that of the service members and families residing in your state for your dedicated effort towards improving their quality of life,” said Edward Kringer, director of State Liaison and Educational Opportunity in the Office of the U.S. Under Secretary of Defense.

Contact: Mary Peralta

(602) 926-5058

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