Skip to comments.Governor Palin Signs ATG Benefits Bill (WW2 Veterans)
Posted on 04/29/2009 11:48:11 PM PDT by SolidWood
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 09-100
Governor Signs Alaska Territorial Guard Bill
April 29, 2009, Haines, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin today signed legislation that continues retirement benefits for members of the Alaska Territorial Guard (ATG). The ATG was a military reserve force component of the U.S. Army, organized in 1942 in response to attacks on American soil in Hawaii and Alaska by Japan during World War II.
Senate Bill 89, sponsored by the Senate Finance Committee, provides temporary retirement benefits to 26 surviving veterans for their service in the ATG. The Department of Defense decided in January to discontinue retirement benefits to ATG members, but temporarily suspended its decision at the urging of Governor Palin and Alaskas congressional delegation. The Department of Defense agreed to extend payments until April to give Congress time to devise a permanent solution through amendments to the law. Congress has not yet acted, so until it does the state will fund the payments, which total about $10,000 per month.
It is a great honor to sign this bill into law today, Governor Palin said. These Territorial Guard veterans are bona fide Alaskan heroes, cut from the same cloth as the Minutemen who answered the call to defend Lexington and Concord. They have earned every cent of their retirement benefits, as well as our enduring gratitude for their service.
The governor was joined by members of the American Legion as she signed SB 89 at Lookout Park in Haines.
Video from the event will be on the governors window at 3:30 p.m.
Alaska Governor Sarah Palin signed Senate Bill 89 which continues retirement benefits for members of the Alaska Territorial Guard (ATG) while visiting Haines, Alaska on April 29, 2009.
The Alaska Territorial Guards, who almost would have been denied their due benefits, will get their right.
Anyone on or off the Palin ping, write me.
hey there, check your FRmail
Unlike someone we all know who wanted to charge veterans with service connected disabilities for their treatment at VA medical facilities.
One can see Japan from Haines, Alaska!
I'll just bet Governor Sarah Palin road to the event on the "Road Machine" in her background.
Here's her other ride.
According to this calculator the distance is 3961 miles from Haines to Tokyo. You sure about seeing Japan from there?
Just trying to be the Tina Fey of the morning but not to be taken seriously, for a second. Good flight checking.
“Here’s her other ride.”
No, this is not Gov. Palin’s personal ride, as many have speculated. This widely-circulated photo of Palin leaning on a Harley is a publicity shot taken for the Elks Lodge in Palmer, Alaska. The Elks raffled off the Street Glide to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project, and Sarah Palin was more than willing to help them out with their good works.
Riding season for motorcycles where she lives is awfully short, anyway. We do know, however, that the governor rides the family’s four-wheelers, and she says that she gets Todd’s “hand-me-down” snow machines when he gets new ones before each racing season begins.
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