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Finance Committee Adds $5 Million to Veteran Trust Fund

Sen. Alberta Darling and the Legislature's Joint Committee on Finance saves the fund from a budget shortfall in 2013.

State Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) and the Wisconsin Legislature's Joint Committee on Finance infused the state's Veterans Trust Fund with $5 million Thursday.

“We owe a huge debt to our veterans,” Darling said in a statement Thursday. “Our veterans stood up and protected us. This is an opportunity to stand up for them and shore up the trust fund.”

The committee through one vote, approved the $5 million to the Veterans Trust Fund, which provides veterans with assistance in employment, housing, healthcare, education, and transportation.

For a number of years, the Veterans Trust Fund has faced financial difficulties. Without additional funding, the trust fund is projected to run out of money in 2013 under Gov. Scott Walker's proposed biennial budget bill according to the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs. However, the fund is projected to be short mid-2015 according to the WDVA.

Darling said budget cuts in other areas, free up funds to pay for vital services like veteran benefits.

“Veterans can’t keep wondering if the trust fund will remain viable,” Darling said. “They need to know that the State of Wisconsin is committed to their wellbeing.  Today, we put the fund on a sustainable fiscal path.”

Susab Benfer May 14, 2011 at 02:48 PM
Great job Senator, keep up your fantastic work for the citizens of Wisconsin
Beth Gregg May 14, 2011 at 03:54 PM
This is only possible because, as she says, " budget cuts in other areas, free up funds to pay for vital services like veteran benefits". Because it is so vital, why doesn't she vote to have it funded permanently from the GPR? That would insure that the program could continue without having to depend on contributions. Read more about it on the WI Dept of Veteran's Affairs website: http://dva.state.wi.us/News_Releases/NA051211.asp @Mark, Randy Hopper introduced this to the committee...another interesting coincidence don't you think?
Charly Jones May 14, 2011 at 11:40 PM
Senator Stepford attempts to cloth herself in the flag. I wonder if she or her children know a single service person?
Onederteam May 17, 2011 at 08:21 AM
Supporting our Veterans is commendable and honorable but the last time I checked, the Feds are in charge of our military, the defense of our country and the care of our veterans . Why isn't Senator Darling trying to collect these vital funds from Obama and the Feds instead of taking funds away from vital state mandated programs like education. Maybe its because veterans can vote in a recall election and $5M can buy quite a few votes for a State Senator that also voted eliminate local environmental and recycling programs while giving tax breaks to her millionaire business friends.
McTaz May 30, 2011 at 11:49 AM
She does know veterans - and we know her, and do very much appreciate her recognition of what we've done. She also knows full well that we can (and most assuredly will in this case) help out before, and vote in recall elections - we, as a country, get to have those because of what we, as veterans, helped sustain. Senator - If you happen to read this - Thank you, very sincerely - for your time and efforts on our, the residence of Wisconsin,as well as the veterans' behalf.

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