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Lawmakers Propose Bills to Assist Veterans

Lawmakers Propose Bills to Assist Veterans



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Two Utah lawmakers are proposing legislation to help Utah's fallen service men and women.

A bill from representative Greg Hughes would pay a 500-thousdand dollar death benefit to the family of Utah National Guard members killed in the line of duty. The Draper Republican also wants to give tuition waivers to family members of the deceased and a utility credit to families of deployed service members.

Senator Scott McCoy is also proposing tuition waivers. Full tuition would be given to the immediate family of those killed. The Salt Lake Democrat also wants to see the state give a 50 percent reduction in school costs to the dependents of disable veterans.

Both lawmakers say Utah service people are making a great sacrifice and the state should support their families.

More than eighteen-hundred Utahns are serving in the National Guard and Army Reserve. So far, fourteen Utahns have died in the Iraq War.

Twelve of those were active duty service members.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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