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Committee endorses aid for veterans, military spouses

A series of efforts aimed at helping veterans and military families won unanimous backing today from a task force of state lawmakers.

The ideas endorsed by the Joint Committee on Veterans’ and Military Affairs could be considered by the Legislature in the ongoing emergency budget session but are more likely to wait until January. They include:

  • An expedited process for professional licensing of military spouses. Sen. Derek Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor, said his proposal would apply to wives and husbands who are licensed in another state and are transferred to Washington. They would get a temporary license and a quicker

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Murray, Tester want more help for servicemembers with sexual trauma

WASHINGTON – Democratic Sens. Patty Murray of Washington state and Jon Tester of Montana are urging the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to improve it work to make sure that all servicemembers who suffer from military sexual trauma (MST) are made eligible for disability payments.

In a letter to the VA, the senators wrote: “Far too many servicemembers, both men and women, are returning home from service carrying the devastating wounds that result from MST. After sacrificing so much to serve their county, they often face tremendous challenges in obtaining the services and benefits they desperately need. That is why

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Patty Murray to head Veterans’ Affairs Committee

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash

WASHINGTON – Senate Democrats made history today by selecting Washington’s Patty Murray to head the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, marking the first time a woman will hold the influential post.

Murray, a fourth-term senator first elected in 1992, will replace Democratic Sen. Daniel Akaka of Hawaii as the new committee chair. Akaka, an 86-year-old veteran of World War II, has headed the committee for the last four years.

“Following in his footsteps is an amazing task, but I am ready to take this on, and I’m very excited,” Murray said in an interview.

Murray joined the Veterans’ Affairs Committee in 1995, becoming the first woman named to the panel.

“I look at this as a passion for veterans, men and women alike,” she said of her new assignment.

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