ROMEOVILLE, Ill. – In order to pay tribute to our veterans and hear their thoughts on what steps could be taken to help them with the issues they are facing, state Rep. Natalie Manley, D-Joliet, attended a number of Veterans Day events across her district over the weekend.
“With Veterans Day having come and gone, we must all remember that honoring our veterans does not begin and end on just one day out of the year,” said Manley. “As we celebrate our veterans, it is important that we continue our efforts to ensure that they are taken care of physically, mentally, and financially. With everything that they put on the line to keep us and people around the world safe, it is our duty to provide them with the proper support and resources to help them overcome whatever issues they may face.”
In order to help give back to veterans, Manley has worked on a variety of pieces of legislation to address their concerns. Last week, she voted for legislation creating and expanding a variety of property tax breaks for veterans, including fully exempting World War 2 veterans from having to pay property taxes and removing the honorable discharge requirements for a veteran to qualify for the Veterans with Disabilities Homestead Exemption. In addition, earlier this year a Manley-supported bill providing additional powers to Veterans Assistance Commissions (VAC) was signed into law, expanding VACs’ ability to provide support to veterans through financial assistance, counseling, homelessness prevention, and a variety of other services.
“Veterans can face unique issues, so it is critical that we are working with them to address their needs and help them achieve their goals,” said Manley. “With all that they have done for our community and our country, the very least we can do is help them and their families as much as we can. Thank you to all of our veterans for all that you have done for us during your time in the military and continue to do for us back home.”