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Consider how best to serve veterans

Guest column

POSTED: September 3, 2017 11:10 a.m.
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Hunter Hill, a Republican, is a state senator and is running for governor.

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As President Trump unveils his plan to increase troop levels in Afghanistan, I believe it’s important Georgians consider how best to serve our veterans once they return home.

After leading five teams on three combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan as an Army Ranger, I was incredibly blessed to bring all of my troops home, resume my career in business, and start a family. Too many of our brave men and women struggle with this transition and there is more our communities could be doing.

Communities, businesses and non-profits must be willing to fill this space where government is not able to deliver results. Healing in any family takes place through faith, family and community— not big government solutions. That’s why I have supported programs like Warrior2Citizen and Warrior Alliance, both are private organizations equipped with the know-how to help our bravest where they need it most.

For starters, let’s get government out of the way. Sen. Johnny Isakson and President Trump are committed to streamlining the bureaucracy in D.C. to better serve our veterans, and there are policies we should implement here in Georgia to assist them in that effort.

During the 2017 state legislative session, I authored legislation to provide property tax relief to disabled veterans, and sponsored another bill to allow students in military families to attend any school in their local school system. As chairman of the Veterans, Military, and Homeland Security committee in the state senate, I strongly supported a bipartisan measure to cut bureaucratic red tape so military spouses could obtain temporary professional licenses.

Georgia is consistently named the best state in which to do business. As governor, I will lead to make Georgia the top state for veterans.

Under my leadership, Georgia will enter more public-private partnerships with organizations on the ground who know what our veterans need and have the experience to deliver results.

Let’s empower our veterans to excel at home, just like they did overseas.

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