Press Release

Sente Recognizes Sacrifice of Military Personnel on Memorial Day

05/25/2015

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – State Rep. Carol Sente, D-Vernon Hills, is recognizing the sacrifice of military heroes and their families this Memorial Day by advocating for property tax relief and protections from hate speech.

“Members of our military, both past and present, put their lives on the line to defend our American way of life, but unfortunately they are not always given the respect they deserve upon returning home,” Sente said. “This Memorial Day, I encourage members of our community to join me in honoring our armed services by reflecting on the selfless sacrifice each soldier and their families have made for our country.”

A member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, Sente regularly leads on legislative efforts to protect the rights of servicemen and women, as well as their families. Sente recently sponsored legislation that would crack down on groups that seek to spread hateful rhetoric while military families honor their deceased loved ones. Under House Bill 1404, protections allotted through the Let Them Rest in Peace Act would be expanded and protests at military funerals must be a minimum of 1,000 feet away.

In continuation of her efforts to stand up for veterans, Sente also sponsored House Bill 159 to give disabled veterans property tax relief and ensure that severely wounded veterans would be exempted from property taxes entirely.

“Our state’s disabled veterans, many of whom live on fixed incomes, should be able to live safely and comfortably in their own homes,” Sente said. “This common-sense legislation helps relieve the economic burden imposed on those who have already endured so much, but struggle just to make ends meet and pay medical bills related to their injuries.”



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