May 1, 2006

Gov. Kaine proclaims May as Military Appreciation Month

RICHMOND - Governor Timothy M. Kaine today issued a proclamation designating May as Military Appreciation Month in Virginia. The designation coincides with National Military Appreciation Month, designated by Congress, and designed to encompass Loyalty Day (1st), VE Day (8th), Military Spouse Day (12th), Armed Forces Day (20th), and Memorial Day (29th).

Virginia is home to more than 205,000 active military and civilian defense personnel and their families, and 750,000 veterans.

“We value the service and sacrifices being made by Virginia military men and women and their families on a daily basis across the Commonwealth,” Governor Kaine said. “I urge my fellow citizens to honor, remember, recognize and appreciate all of our military personnel.”

“In March, I had an opportunity to visit Virginia military personnel stationed in Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan, and I’ve spoken with many of their family members since returning home,” the Governor said. “I admire the role of our military men and women, and encourage all Virginians to join me in honoring our military.”

The proclamation is testament to Virginia’s proud tradition of service to our nation’s military needs. This year, the General Assembly voted to support Virginia’s military personnel through passage of legislation to provide in-state tuition for all dependents of active duty military personnel assigned to a permanent duty station in Virginia. The Legislature also voted to waive secondary education tuition fees for younger children of active duty military personnel relocated to different school divisions who wish to remain in their current school.

Virginia legislators also voted to create the Virginia Military Family Relief Fund, a special non-reverting fund to assist Virginia members of the armed forces who have been called to active duty and to assist their families with living expenses.

For more information regarding Military Appreciation Month, contact the Virginia National Defense Industrial Authority at (804) 545-5716.


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