State Rep. Steve Lynch successfully moved 2 bills through the Missouri legislature during the 2018 session. The bills were signed prior to Eric Greitens stepping down from his position as governor.
House Bills 1492 and 2339 dealt with issues relating to military personnel and their families.
According to information provided by Lynch, HB 1492 extends the time gap from one year to five for “spouses of active duty National Guard or reservists and active duty military personal, and returning National Guard troops and reservists can participate in the Department of Economic Development’s Show-Me Heroes Program.”
“HB1492 is a big deal because it extends the time to take advantage of this good program that helps veterans transition into the civilian workforce. Currently the 1 year limit is too short because many veterans don't even know where they want to live, what they want to do, may want to go back to school, or may need time with themselves and their families after multiple deployments. Changing it to 5 years after separation will give many more veterans the opportunity to get on the job training in a new career,” he said.
House Bill 2339, or the Missouri Military Community Reinvestment Act, “creates the ‘Missouri Military Community Reinvestment Program’ within the Department of Economic Development to assist military communities in supporting and sustaining their installations, to encourage communities to initiate coordinated response programs and action plans in advance of federal government realignment and closure decisions, and to support community efforts to attract new or expanded military missions.”
Both these bills will go into effect August 28, 2018.