Utah House Bill 395, Veterans Affairs Amendments, which was signed into law on March 27, changes the functions of the Utah Department of Veterans Affairs. In my opinion, this tells 170,000 veterans in the state of Utah, we don't count. Representative Hughes is the individual who wrote this bill and is sponsoring the changes to take place and I definitely would not vote for this individual, if I was in his district.
This office, under its current administration, received federal funding for three Veterans Nursing Homes assisting those who are in need, plus bringing in millions of dollars to the state to build, hire and run these facilities.
HB 395 is directing the office to change its main functions, instead of helping us veterans, they want to bring new companies in. Veterans Affairs is suppose to support veterans and not worry about bringing in new companies, which this is exactly what this bill is stating. This is nothing but politics and us veterans are being forgotten, again. Are we going back to the 1950s?