Rep. Petersen’s Report from the Capitol: Improving Service to Veterans; Honoring Hmong Veterans

The Legislative session is getting pretty busy. We have less than a month left in the session and there are a lot of important pieces of legislation being considered. As always, I appreciate hearing from you on what your priorities for this session are.

Working to Improve Veterans Services

One important issue I have been working hard on is how we can improve our services to veterans. I often hear from veterans who do not know how to apply for the benefits they have earned through their service to our country.

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Rep. Kawasaki’s Juneau Note: Special Veterans Day Edition

Initially established as “Armistice Day” in 1919 by President Wilson, November 11, was a time to commemorate the signing of an armistice between Germany and the Allied nations, which ended WWI a year prior.

       Today, we recognize this day as Veteran’s Day, in honor of the brave men and women who have served our country. It’s a time to thank these soldiers for an often thankless job, and to reflect on the sacrifice of our fellow Americans to defend the freedoms and rights of our country.

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Berta’s Briefings from Rep. Gardner: My New Facebook Page and Honoring Our Veterans

I just wanted to let you know that I just set up a Legislative Facebook page to give you updates on the latest legislative issues and community happenings. If you are using Facebook, I urge you to send me your comments and ideas at This is just one other way to communicate with me. I look forward to hearing from you!

Tomorrow we mark the solemn national holiday of Veterans Day to honor all those men and women who have served to protect our country. Many people of my generation have parents who served in World War II but there are not many who can say “My mama was a marine.” Also, when my dad served as a navigator in the South Pacific he was one of the youngest lieutenants in the US Air Force.

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Rep. Tuck’s Community Connection: Thanking Our Veterans – Your Service Will Not Be Forgotten

Dear Neighbors,

Veterans Day is a time for us to come together and honor the sacrifices our veterans and their families have made in defense of our freedom. Please join me in thanking all veterans and active duty military for their service. We owe a great debt of gratitude to these men and women, many of whom have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our nation.

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Rep. Kerttula’s Juneau Newsletter: Recognizing Our Veterans

Tomorrow is Veterans Day and I would like to take this opportunity to recognize the legacy of service and sacrifice these fine men and women have made for our country.

The American Legion Auke Pay Post 25 is sponsoring a Veterans Day ceremony Friday, November 11 at 11:00 a.m. at Centennial Hall. U.S. Coast Guard Commander Matt Jones will be the guest speaker and the 17th District Coast Guard Color Guard will be presenting the colors.

Over the years, I have had the profound honor to meet, work with and become friends with many outstanding veterans. Below you will find just some of their pictures.

Thank you for reading my newsletter. I enjoy hearing from you, so please stop by the office, call, write or email.

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Alaska House Approves Free Death Certificates for Families of Deceased Veterans

JUNEAU – Today the Alaska House of Representatives passed legislation to allow families of deceased veterans to receive up to four official death certificates from the state for free. Currently, death certificates cost $25 each.

“These veterans served our country,” said Rep. Max Gruenberg (D-Anchorage), sponsor of the legislation. “We share their families’ grief. Removing the charge for death certificates will make it easier for family members to get benefits, like social security, veterans’ death benefits, and life insurance death benefits to which they are entitled on behalf of the deceased veteran. It’s the least we can do.”

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