August 5, 2016

Senator Diamond receives American Legion Legislator of the Year award

AUGUSTA — Sen. Bill Diamond of Windham was recognized by the Maine American Legion as a Legislator of the Year at the group’s 98th annual state convention in early June.  The award was given to legislators for their work to improve access and awareness for veteran services.
“It is an honor to receive this award from the American Legion,” said Sen. Diamond. “Working on behalf of Maine veterans is always a priority in the Legislature and I am pleased with our accomplishments this session.”

Legislation passed in the last session includes bills to provide additional staffing at the Bureau of Veterans’ Services, in order to assist Maine veterans in their transition back to civilian life after service has ended and connect them with the benefits they have earned; to direct the Bureau to develop strategies to end veteran homelessness; to establish a regional pilot program to expand transportation options for essential programs and services; and to help veterans transition from military to student life through new tuition waivers at state colleges and universities.

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