Standing Up for Missouri Veterans
Gov. Nixon believes that we are forever indebted to our veterans and active duty military personnel and as Governor, he’s made it a priority to support their needs both abroad and here at home. During his time in office, Gov. Nixon has visited our troops in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait and Germany, and he’s always made veterans services a priority in his budget.
In 2010, Governor Nixon launched the Show-Me Heroes initiative to help Missouri veterans and members of the National Guard & Reserve connect with employers and launch meaningful careers. The Governor also signed legislation to expand Show-Me Heroes by providing On-the-Job training to veterans in the program and financial assistance to spouses of active-duty service members.
Gov. Nixon has also fought to support Missouri’s seven veterans homes, which care for and house more than 1,300 military veterans. When the trust that historically funded the homes dwindled, Gov. Nixon spoke out and called on the legislature to pass a permanent funding source for these vital institutions. Just a few months later, the Governor signed legislation providing $32 million annually for the ongoing operations of Missouri veterans homes and cemeteries. The bill, one of the very first signed by Gov. Nixon in 2012, will ensure the homes have the resources they need to provide the quality care our veterans deserve.
Gov. Nixon also signed legislation to phase out state taxes on military retirement income by 2016.