The COL Harry C. Kessler “First Montana Volunteer” Award. 2017 — Enlisted Association of the National Guard of Montana and Montana National Guard Association.
Mary’s legislation recognizes the unique circumstances faced by veterans, those currently serving, and their families.
22 veterans commit suicide each day. SB 196 recognizes the key role employment can play in mental health for veterans by providing a hiring preference for veterans in the private sector.
SJ 16 designates 2017-18 as the era of recognition and commemoration for military service in Montana, and in 2015, SJ 21 recognized the 70th anniversary of service of the 163rd Infantry Regiment in WWII.
SB 195 protects Montanans who are members of National Guards in other states from losing their jobs when they answered the call to serve.
Through HB 17 and HB 2 , Mary secured funding for home and community based services enabling veterans to age with dignity in their own homes. These efforts also provided support for their caregivers.
has been recognized for her 100% voting record on veterans’ issues:
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COL Harry C. Kessler “First Montana Volunteer” Award given by the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of Montana and Montana National Guard Association, 2017
Department of Defense Certificate of Appreciation, 2015
Recognized by Veterans of Foreign Wars for her legislation on behalf of homeless vets, 2009.
Honoring my Father.
Cec Caferro -- Sergeant, Army Air Forces/Corps Veteran World War II, 1941-1945 - New Caledonia
“My father was a veteran from the greatest generation. I grew up with a keen appreciation of the sacrifice given by those who serve. Recognizing their service with legislation that commemorates the past and supports current and future veterans, now and into the future, is my small way of saying thank you.”