MEDIA ADVISORY: Sandoval to Attend Veterans Day Events in Las Vegas

Sandoval to Attend Memorial Groundbreaking and Keynote Event in Boulder City


Contact

Mari St. Martin
Communications Director
(775) 684-5670
Carson City, NV - November 11, 2015

Governor Brian Sandoval today will host a groundbreaking for a new state memorial that will honor the men and women of the United States Armed Forces and their families. The event will take place at 11:00 a.m. in from of the Grant Sawyer Building in Las Vegas, NV. The State of Nevada has partnered with the Las Vegas Veterans Memorial Foundation in order to complete this tribute to the men and women who have answered the call to serve and defend our nation.

Event Information
WHO: Governor Brian Sandoval, Federal and State Officials, Community Leaders
WHAT:  Memorial Groundbreaking
TIME: 11:00 a.m.
LOCATION:  Grant Sawyer Building - Room 4401
555 East Washington Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89101

RSVP: Members of the media who plan to attend should contact Cherry Hepburn:
818-783-4071, cherry@putnam-smith.com

Governor Brian Sandoval is also scheduled to keynote the Veterans Day event at the Boulder City Veterans Home. The ceremony will begin at 1:30 p.m. The event is hosted by the Nevada Department of Veterans Services and sponsored by the Disabled Americans Black Mountain Chapter 12.

Event Information
WHO: Governor Brian Sandoval to keynote Boulder City Veterans Home Ceremony
TIME: 1:30 p.m.
LOCATION:  Boulder City Veterans Home
100 Veterans Memorial Drive
Boulder City, NV 89005

RSVP: Members of the media who have questions can contact Mari St. Martin. mstmartin@gov.nv.gov or 702-250-8210.

Background Information

This past Legislative Session, members of the Nevada Legislature passed the most comprehensive effort in Nevada history aimed at providing additional support to military veterans and their families through enhanced educational, employment and healthcare services. This sweeping package was introduced by Governor Brian Sandoval in a continued effort to establish Nevada as the most military- and veteran-friendly state in the nation.

Highlights of these initiatives include:

AB 62: Creates Veterans and Military Day at the Legislature, requires counties to report if they have cremated remains of indigent veterans for appropriate interment; provides for the naming of state buildings and property after fallen Nevada veterans; increases preferences in state purchasing and public works projects for businesses owned by a veteran with a service-connected disability; allows for a xeriscaping option at veterans cemeteries; requires NDVS to provide the statewide veteran community detailed legislative update following each full legislative session; and requires the state agencies serving veterans listed in Executive Order 2014-20 to provide the information listed in the order in an annual report to the Interagency Council on Veterans Affairs.

AB 71: Creates a Survivors’ Tax Exemption for Gold Star families in the Nevada National Guard; provides a payroll tax exemption for employers who hire unemployed veterans; and allows a person who qualifies as both a military veteran and the surviving spouse of a veteran to claim both of the veterans’ exemptions from property taxes and governmental services taxes.

AB 76: Requires the Nevada Department of Education to share aggregate data of military-dependent children with the Interagency Council on Veterans Affairs annually; extends the provision of free Higher Education tuition (in-state tuition) for veterans using the Post-9/11 GI Bill from two years to five years; and requires the Nevada System of Higher Education to gather and share pertinent data with the Interagency Council on Veterans Affairs.

AB 89: Requires the Department of Employee Training and Rehabilitation to gather and report aggregate unemployment data for veterans; authorizes private sector employers to prefer veterans and their spouses in hiring; provides a general requirement for certain state licensing boards and bodies to develop licensure reciprocity opportunities for service members, veterans, and their families holding licenses that are not currently recognized by the State of Nevada; and requires the relevant state licensure and certification boards and commissions to submit a report annually to the Interagency Council on Veterans Affairs regarding the number of veterans applying for and receiving licensure or certification issuance or renewal if they have collected it through the application process.

AB482: Increases reporting requirements for the Nevada Department of Veterans Services; increases reporting requirements for the Veterans Services Commission; and provides for support for an annual data report initially established by Executive Order 2014-20.

In addition to these policy changes, the Governor also pursued substantial funding for veterans initiatives as well. While there are several significant items, the most important is found in AB 491, which authorizes funding for capital improvement projects. Specifically, AB 491 allocates $14,139,883 as the state-match portion to the Department of Veterans Services for the construction of the Northern Nevada Veterans Home. The construction of this Home has been a priority for the Governor since he took office, and if follows up on the initial funding appropriated for the design and planning phase, which was provided through AB 505 during the last Session.

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