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Governor tackles veterans’ issues

Gov. Ralph Northam appeared to be relaxed and refreshed Monday morning in his office overlooking the Governor’s Mansion and the Capitol. He said he was looking forward to an afternoon bill signing at Kecoughtan High School in Hampton—a bill that will prevent localities from charging tuition for children who are changing schools because their active duty military parents are being relocated or deployed.

“We want to make sure Virginia is one of the most veteran-friendly states in the U.S.,” he said.

To that end, Northam said that last year the General Assembly passed legislation to make sure that the needs of children whose parents are deployed are being met, and that they don’t fall through the cracks. 

Another bill that was passed last year was designed to end veteran homelessness, said Northam. While that is an ongoing challenge because of the number of veterans who suffer from PTSD, brain injuries, and other problems, he said, his administration ...

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