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Gov. Deal signs bills helping veterans and military family


Gov. Nathan Deal signed into law today several bills aimed at helping the more than 700,000 veterans living in Georgia and their families. The signings took place at the National Infantry Museum in Columbus.

Senate Bill 320 will allow courts that handle criminal cases to establish a veterans court division. This law will address the special needs for veterans and help their re-entry into society.

"This legislation will provide veterans an alternative to the traditional justice system when impairments, often beyond their control, affect their transition back into society," said Deal in a release.

Deal also signed into law Senate Bill 391, requiring medical facilities in Georgia to apply to the TRICARE network - a health insurance program for members of the military - within one year.

This law also includes tax deductions for doctors that host medical students from Georgia.

The governor also signed House Bill 740. This will extend to active duty military members the right to buy a Georgia resident recreational hunting and fishing license no matter where they live or are stationed.

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