Protecting those who have protected our freedoms
16Jul Protecting those who have protected our freedoms Categories: Noble News While we may never be able to fully repay our brave military men and women for their selfless service to our country, we can at least continue to ensure our military heroes receive the best possible care here in Michigan.Your priority is my priority – making sure the state Legislature is properly responding to the needs of our past, present and future service members. Since having the honor to serve and represent the communities of Canton, Northville and Plymouth, I’d like to share with you the work I have done in the Michigan House related to serving those who have served us.I am leading the charge for adopting the Disabled Veteran’s Homestead Tax Relief Act. The act would provide a property tax exemption for honorably discharged veterans who are deemed to be 50-percent or more disabled. The credit will be measured on a sliding scale. A veteran considered 50-percent disabled would receive a 50-percent tax exemption, while a 100-percent disabled veteran would receive a 100-percent tax exemption. Surviving spouses of deceased, disabled veterans who received honorable discharges will also be eligible for a property tax exemption that correlates with their spouse’s disability.I sponsored a plan creating a county veteran service grant of $2.1 million to enhance veteran services at the local level. The bill has been signed by the governor and gives each county in Michigan $25,000 to establish and maintain a veteran service office. Eleven of the state’s 83 counties are currently without a county department specifically tailored to services for veterans. Michigan is home to more than 600,000 military veterans. These offices and accredited county service officers are vitally important to our veterans and their families seeking benefits they have rightfully earned. No matter where a service member lives, they should have easy access to such offices and services that are as close to their homes as possible.I had the opportunity to recognize a military veteran from a time well before mine. In honor of Lt. Col. Albert M. Edwards and his actions during the Civil War, I called for a House resolution urging Congress to posthumously award him the Medal of Honor. While leading his regiment in the Battle of the Wilderness in May 1864 in Virginia, Lt. Col. Edwards captured a Confederate flag – a common criterion for awarding the Medal of Honor to a soldier.Many of the skills our service members learn while serving in the military are transferable to the workplace. That’s why I voted to solve the problem of inequity Michigan veterans are facing in the public sector. The plan calls for state employers to consider a veteran’s military experience as relevant work experience for the purpose of determining wage or salary. I wholeheartedly believe our military personnel deserve the same chance at successful careers to support their families and pay their bills.I’m keeping my commitment to protect those who have protected us. Active military personnel and veterans deserve elected officials who work diligently to improve their access to benefits and quality of life.State Rep. Jeff Noble is a first-term lawmaker representing the 20th House District. The 20th District covers the cities and townships of Northville and Plymouth and a portion of Canton.