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Senate Unanimously Passes Veterans Honor Medal

Press Release from Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, R-Blountville; April 16, 2010:

Medal to Honor Veterans To Be Heard Next Week In House Of Representatives

(Nashville) – Legislation sponsored by Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey (R-Blountville) to create a Veterans’ Honor Medal program has cleared the state Senate with a unanimous vote. The medal would be awarded to honorably discharged active duty, National Guard and reserve component veterans based on criteria established by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

“The Volunteer State has a proud tradition of extremely high rates of military service,” said Lt. Governor Ramsey. “When our nation calls, Tennesseans respond. I look forward to working with the Department of Veterans Affairs to honor those who have sacrificed for our state and nation.”

Lt. Governor Ramsey’s bill, Senate Bill 2488, directs the commissioner of veterans’ affairs to establish a veterans’ honor medal program. Veterans’ Affairs will commission the design of a medal for the program which will be unveiled next year. The legislation passed the House State and Local Government Committee on Wednesday and will be heard by the House Budget Subcommittee on April 21.

Veterans as well as the Governor, Lt. Governor and Speaker of the House will serve in an advisory role to the Commissioner of Veterans’ Affairs in the implementation of the medal program.

On the web:

http://www.capitol.tn.gov/senate/members/s2.html

http://wapp.capitol.tn.gov/apps/BillInfo/Default.aspx?BillNumber=SB2488