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Senator DiDomenico Sponsors Veterans Legislation

BOSTON- Senator Sal DiDomenico has filed two Veterans bills in the Massachusetts Senate for the current legislative session: An Act establishing creditable service for Veterans and An Act relative to age restrictions for Veterans applying to be police officers and firefighters. These pieces of legislation would remove unnecessary hurdles to employment and advance veterans’ civilian careers.

“As we celebrated Veterans Day last week to honor our heroes, we should also be making sure that our Veterans are remembered throughout the year for all they have done for us,” said Senator Sal DiDomenico, Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means. “It is the Legislature’s duty to ensure that our Veterans are able to access the first-class services that they rightfully deserve, and are able to enjoy productive lives and successful careers.  That is why I am sponsoring legislation that will ensure that Veterans do not stall in their pursuit of a strong career.  I look forward to making progress this legislative session for our Veterans and their families.”  

An Act relative to creditable service for Veterans would allow Veterans to advance to the uppermost position in their job group after seven years of creditable service. Currently, many Veterans after receiving a job remain restricted to their entry positions and are unable to move forward in their respective fields. This bill ensures that the Commonwealth’s Veterans can not only obtain a job after returning from service, but can also climb the ladder to career success.

An Act relative to age restrictions for Veterans applying to be police officers and firefighters excludes Veterans from the 32-year-old age restriction for application to become a firefighter or police officer provided they do not exceed the maximum age limit for enlistment into the U.S. Armed Forces.  This bill is meant to remove any additional barriers to employment for Massachusetts Veterans, especially those who go on to pursue yet another career that is dedicated to protecting the safety of others.

According to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, there are nearly 380,000 Veterans that reside in the Commonwealth. The gainful employment of Veterans is an issue that the Massachusetts Legislature has been addressing for some time, and these pieces of legislation filed by Senator DiDomenico are meant to advance that cause.

These bills are currently pending before the Joint Committee on Public Service.