Cassidy introduces legislation to help Coast Guard veterans

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U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Kelli Normoyle, Commanding Officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Sanibel steps aboard the vessel, Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021, at a shipyard, in North Kingstown, R.I. Normoyle was one of two cadets who formally started the process to create the CGA Spectrum Diversity Council just a few months after the law known as “don’t ask, don’t tell” was repealed on Sept. 20, 2011. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRPROUD) – Sen. Bill Cassidy and Sen. Bob Mendez introduced a bill that will grant injured Coast Guard veterans the money they are owed from withheld taxes by the Department of Homeland Security.

“Members of our Coast Guard and their families deserve to be treated fairly by our tax system,” Menendez said. “Passing common-sense legislation that ensures our military members and their families are taken care of, during and after their time of service, shows our appreciation to our service members.”

Combat-injured Coast Guard veterans were excluded from the Combat-Injured Veterans Tax Fairness Act due to an error in 2016, so Cassidy and Mendez introduced the Coast Guard Tax Fairness Act. The act aims to fix the mistake so combat-injured Coast Guard veterans can receive the same treatment as veterans in the other armed forces.

“Members of the Coast Guard who are wounded protecting our country should be treated the same way as other service members,” Cassidy said. “This bill makes sure this happens.”

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