New Bill Proposes Allowing Veterans to Go to the Front of the Line

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Guam -A new bill introduced by Senator Aline Yamashita would allow veterans to go to the head of any waiting line at a GovGuam agency.

The measure is co-sponsored by Senators Mana Silva-Taijeron and Sam Mabini.

494- 31 (COR) would allow “veterans to step to the front of the line for customer service requests and remittance of payments at agencies, public corporations and instrumentalities of the government of Guam.”

 

READ Bill 494 HERE

According to a release from Senator Yamashita’s office, the bill is meant “to honor our soldiers who have sacrificed and continue to sacrifice for our freedom and way of life.”

The release quotes Senator Yamashita as saying: As they stand in line to get support and services, we believe they should move towards the front of the line – alongside our man’amko and our people with identified special needs.”

READ the release sent by Senator yamashita’s office in FULL below:

Honoring our heroes

To honor our soldiers who have sacrificed and continue to sacrifice for our freedom and way of life, Senators Aline A.Yamashita, PhD; Mana Silva Taijeron, and Sam Mabini, PhD, have introduced legislation as a small gesture of gratitude and respect.

Bill No. 494- 31 (COR) introduced today will allow for our veterans to step to the front of the line for customer service requests and remittance of payments at agencies, public corporations and instrumentalities of the government of Guam as part of the Better Customer Service Policy – “Move to the Front of the Line.”

At the top of our nation – per capita – are Guam soldiers who have sworn an oath to protect our nation.   As our veterans and their families fight to keep democracy alive, we thank them.  As our veterans return home, we listen to their challenges.   Transitioning back into community life is hard.  As we work toward ensuring the veterans, and their families, receive the supports and services needed to help them cope, we know that this work doesn’t adequately support their needs, say the senators.

“As they stand in line to get support and services, we believe they should move towards the front of the line – alongside our man’amko and our people with identified special needs,” says Sen. Yamashita, the bill’s main sponsor.  “This gesture is a small humble sign of gratitude for all they have sacrificed— a sacrifice that allows us to live life as we know it.  God bless our veterans and their families.”