Putnam to announce veteran policy proposals

July 13, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republican Adam Putnam is traveling to one of Florida’s top military cities to announce policy proposals for veterans if elected Florida governor.

The Friday announcement in Jacksonville also happens to be just north of the district represented by U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, a former Navy officer and Putnam’s opponent for the GOP nomination.

Putnam is releasing a four-page policy paper on proposals for veterans and to help military bases in Florida.

They include expanding nursing home beds, keeping development from encroaching on bases and more than doubling the number of veteran courts, which provide diversion programs for veterans charged with crimes and help them with mental health and drug abuse treatment.

Other proposals including creating new programs to reimburse veterans for college entrance exam preparation and to let them assign any unused tuition benefits to their children.

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