Military Veterans

Audio: Proposed Missouri budget would designate $7 million to veterans home operations

A group of Missouri House and Senate members are expected to work out their state budget differences this week. Currently, the 34-billion dollar budget plan includes seven million dollars for the state’s seven nursing homes caring for veterans. During the Missouri Senate budget debate, Creve Coeur Democrat Jill Schupp, who serves on the Missouri Veterans […]

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Missouri launches new benefits and resource portal for veterans and military members

The Missouri Veterans Commission announces the launch of the Missouri Benefits and Resource Portal. In collaboration with the Missouri Department of Economic Development Office of the Missouri Military Advocate, MVC created the portal to serve as an informational tool and service guide to help Veterans find potential benefits and local resources.  “The Missouri Benefits and […]

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Audio: Senator Hawley calls for federal agencies to return to work and resume full duties

United States Senator Josh Hawley is asking federal agency leaders to ramp up operations again at some field offices. He says pre-CVOID 19 services should be restored.     Many of these complaints have been directed at the National Personnel Records Center, which is based in St. Louis and houses military records for veterans nationwide. […]

Glenn Jacobs

WWE Hall of Fame inductee Glenn Jacobs aka “Kane” to join board as advisor to Missouri National Guard Hall of Fame

The new Missouri National Guard Hall of Fame (MONGHOF) was formed by a group of Missouri Veterans in 2020. The new Hall of Fame will be physically located in Kirksville, Missouri, and will announce its inaugural class on October 1, 2021. Missouri National Guard Hall of Fame Chairman John J. Sastry, Esq., CFP announces that […]

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Audio: Legislation involving Missouri veterans and driver’s licenses to be heard on Tuesday

Bipartisan legislation that requires designations of veteran status to be placed on the front of official driver’s licenses and ID cards will be heard by a Missouri Senate committee in Jefferson City on Tuesday.     The bill, which is sponsored by Marshfield State Representative John Black, was unanimously approved by the House by a […]

Josh Hawley

Audio: Hawley calls war film a “two-and-a-half hour whine-a-thon about the first Gulf War”

A 2005 blog post by Missouri U.S. Senator Josh Hawley has been uncovered in which he called the film “Jarhead” a “two-and-a-half-hour whine-a-thon about the first Gulf War.”      The film Jarhead is based on the memoir of former U.S. Marine Anthony Swofford. CNN reports Hawley called Swofford a protagonist who whines about the […]

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Missouri Veterans Commission elects Commission Chair and Vice-Chair

The Missouri Veterans Commission welcomed three new Commissioners and elected a Commission Chair and Vice-Chair during the March 26, 2021 meeting. Randy Alewel, Kelly McClelland, and Steve Maples were appointed to the Commission by Governor Mike Parson on February 4, 2021, and recently confirmed by the Missouri State Senate. During the March 26 meeting, Kelly […]

Veterans Foreign Wars

VFW Voice of Democracy and Patriots Pen essay contest winners announced

Veterans of Foreign Wars district winners have been announced for essays written by students of participating schools. Teachers of the Year award winners also were announced. In the district one VFW 2020 Voice of Democracy essay contest, first place went to Rhea Krumpelman of Marceline. Taking second and third respectively were Emery Evans of Chillicothe […]

Audio: Missouri House Committee hears testimony on checkpoint and roadblock legislation

A veteran Missouri lawmaker who served as an O’Fallon police officer for 13 years is proposing a constitutional amendment that involves checkpoints and roadblocks. Lake St. Louis GOP State Representative Justin Hill’s proposal would prohibit a roadside checkpoint or roadblock set up by law enforcement, except in emergency situations to prevent the escape of a […]

Audio: Lawmaker proposes amendment prohibiting roadside checkpoints and roadblocks by law enforcement

You’ll be voting next November on a proposed constitutional amendment involving checkpoints and roadblocks if a veteran Missouri lawmaker has his way.     State Rep. Justin Hill (R-Lake St. Louis) will present his proposed constitutional amendment Wednesday at noon, before the Missouri House Downsizing State Government Committee in Jefferson City. The committee is chaired by […]

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Audio: Missouri House gives final approval to large election legislation; bill includes photo ID requirement

Legislation that requires a photo ID and the use of a paper ballot was given final approval by the Missouri House in Jefferson City on Thursday. The vote, primarily along party lines, was 109-48. House Bill 738 is sponsored by veteran State Rep. Don Rone (R-Portageville), who represents the Bootheel. Rone was unable to make it to the […]

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Roy Blunt is out. So who’s in? A list of possible Missouri GOP senate candidates

(Missouri Independent) – Roy Blunt’s decision not to seek a third term in the U.S. Senate will have cascading effects across Missouri’s political universe.  The state has no shortage of ambitious Republican officials, each of whom can make a legitimate claim at being the strongest candidate.  So will the 2022 GOP primary turn into a […]

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University of Missouri system launches “Missouri Online” to make online programs more accessible

The University of Missouri System today launched Missouri Online, a new unified resource and administrative structure that supports online certificate and degree programs at all four UM System universities. The launch represents the culmination of strategic priorities made by the UM Board of Curators and UM President Mun Choi over the last three years to […]

Medical Marijuana

Audio: Missouri to spend $12.4 million in legal fights over medical marijuana program

Missouri expects to spend roughly 12.4 million dollars during the current and next state budget years to fight legal battles involving the state’s new medical marijuana program. That is money that could be going to help veterans, as spelled out in the ballot measure voters passed in 2018. During a House Budget Committee hearing, the […]

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Missouri Department of Conservation offers hunter education in schools despite COVID-19 challenges

COVID-19 presented considerable challenges to Missouri schools, staff, and students in 2020, including closures, cancellations, remote learning, and more. The pandemic also presented challenges to schools and instructors teaching the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) hunter education courses. “Many schools were closed for much of the year, which reduced the number of kids who could […]

Veterans

Major Richard Star Act would allow combat-injured veterans to receive both disability and retirement pay

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) helped introduce the Major Richard Star Act, bipartisan legislation to provide combat-injured veterans with less than 20 years of military service their full benefits. “It’s long overdue that these heroes – who could no longer continue serving due to injuries they sustained in combat – get the benefits they earned,” said […]