Governor Jack Markell signed House Bill 85 and House Bill 140 Sept. 17, establishing the Delaware Veterans Trust Fund and adding it to the list of programs that may receive contributions from personal income tax filings.
The fund will provide financial assistance of grants to honorably discharged veterans by covering costs associated with medical/dental needs and transportation, home repairs and more.
“We have an obligation to ensure veterans receive the support, services and respect they rightly deserve,” said Governor Markell. “This legislation underscores our commitment to the men and women who bravely serve in our armed forces.”
House Veterans Affairs Committee chair Representative Earl Jacques, who served as prime sponsor for HB 85, said the bill would give veterans in need a helping hand when they need it.
“With HB 85, Delaware will be able to be more responsive to its veterans who have served their state and their country,” said Rep. Jaques, D-Glasgow, a retired Delaware National Guard general. “Through the fund, the commission will be able to help a lot of veterans, especially homeless ones. They will provide more immediate assistance to a veteran rather than having to wait 30 days for federal assistance. Veterans who need disaster relief will be able to receive help quicker.”
Several organizations were in attendance to make formal donations to the fund, including: Delaware Veterans Post 2, Military Officer’s Association of America, Disabled Veterans of America, and the Military Order of the Purple Heart. Collectively, the organizations presented more than $4,000.