Update: May 12, 2012
HB 1731 passsed out of the House early this morning and is now on it’s way to the Governor’s desk. Thanks to everyone for their support in this effort.
Original Post March 23, 2012:
Unless Missourian’s express their support of HB1731, the closing of area Veterans Homes and cemeteries is eminent.
The bill, which establishes a dedicated funding source to keep veterans homes and cemeteries up to par and operational, arrived in the Missouri Senate March 8, 2012 after overwhelmingly passing the Missouri House of Representatives (149-0) on March 1st, 2012.
The Missouri Association of Veterans Organizations (MAVO) held a rally in the state capitol on Thursday, March 22nd. Hundreds of veterans, veterans family members, and veteran caregivers flooded the rotunda to show their support of the bill. Several nationally recognized speakers relayed their thoughts and feelings about the horrible reality of possible closures.
Here is a basic description of what the bill entails:
WHEREAS; if additional funding is not made available during Legislative Year
2012 (January thru May 2012) it will become necessary to begin the process of
closing beds, wings, and, possibly close one or more homes and cemeteries, and
WHEREAS; the current waiting list for admission to Missouri Veterans homes is
over 1600 and if such closings are permitted to happen the number waiting will
WHEREAS; if homes are closed, Missouri State will owe the Department of
Veterans Affairs for the Federal share of 65% of the unappreciated costs of the
homes, now, therefore be it
RESOLVED; by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Department of Missouri (VFW)
that the VFW URGE the 2nd Session of the 96th General Assembly while convened
in Jefferson City to enact legislation approving a one dollar ($1) addition to the
Entry Fee to all Missouri Gaming Boats and that the entire one dollar ($1) be
deposited in a dedicated Veterans Commission Fund, and be it further
RESOLVED: that the VFW and its entire membership be instructed that this is the
highest priority and that this be communicated to the Governor, all members of the
Legislature and the Executive Director and Commissioners of the Missouri
HB 1731. Modifies how funds from the Lottery and the Gaming Commission Fund are distributed. Sponsor:. LR Number:. 5770H.03P. Fiscal Note not available. Committee:. Veterans’ Affairs, Emerging Issues, Pensions and Urban Affairs. Last Action:. 3/8/2012 – Second Read and Referred S Veterans’ Affairs, Emerging Issues, P
Please contact your local Missouri Senator and the Missouri Veterans Commission to express your support of HB 1731 quick passage in the Missouri Senate so that we can continue to house and properly bury Missouri’s veterans!