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Governor Sandoval Signs Bill Funding Northern Nevada Veterans Home

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The American Legion Hall in Reno was filled with veterans and anticipation Friday morning as Governor Brian Sandoval signed a slate of bills into law. They all support veterans. They give businesses tax advantages and incentives to hire veterans, create a women's veterans advisory board in the state, and dedicate $14-million in state funds to go to building a Veterans Home here. That is a third of the money needed, and the other two-thirds will come from the federal government. 

"President Abraham Lincoln said we would never be forgotten. He promised us that. And this goes a long way to show us that Nevada cares," said the State American Legion Adjutant, Lionel Motta today. "We feel appreciated, we feel like because of the legislators and the governor and the staff this is happening and we couldn't be more proud or thankful!"

The Governor said that both his father and his grandfather served in the military but that it was a trip he made to Afghanistan in 2014 that made him push so hard for these bills. 

"I saw troops in the heat carrying equipment and so very proud to fight for this country," he said. "I went to hospitals and talked to those wounded about their experiences and I knew that I needed to make a commitment for Nevada to be the most military-friendly state in the country. And this is a huge step toward that. So on behalf of the legislators, and all of you who have served with grace and dignity, that we here in Nevada appreciate all you have done!"

All branches of the military were there today. It may take a few years for the Veterans Home to become a reality here, but they say it will help veterans and their families for many years to come. 
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