New law, BRAVE Act, provides additional support to veterans


Governor Charlie Baker signed the BRAVE Act into law Tuesday providing tax credits and enhanced educational opportunities for veterans and their families.

The bi-partisan BRAVE Act assists veterans and their families with services including employment protections, tax exemptions, court programs and medical care. It also dedicates days every year to honor the Commonwealth’s Gold Star wives, mothers, and families, further recognizing the families of veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice.

As the daughter of a veteran with health challenges, Senate President Karen Spilka told 22News, she “deeply” understands the nation’s responsibility to ensure those who have fought to protect our country are themselves protected.

The BRAVE Act also closes many loopholes under The Valor Act program that was meant to help veterans who are dealing with PTSD and other issues related to their service.

State Secretary of Veteran Affairs Francisco Ureña told 22News, he’s pleased to see the Legislature’s bipartisan support.

“The BRAVE Act reinforces our first in the nation status in providing services and benefits to our veteran population,” said Ureña.

During the ceremonial signing of the bill Tuesday, the Baker-Polito Administration announced that it will be breaking ground on a new long-term care facility at the Chelsea Solder’s Home, which offers long-term care beds for veterans who served as far back as World War II.

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