Legislature makes it a crime for non-veterans to take parking spaces reserved for military veterans

February 21, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, the Alabama Legislature awarded final approval to a bill that makes it a crime for those who do not qualify to park in spaces specifically reserved for Purple Heart and medal of valor recipients, former prisoners of war or other military veterans.

House Bill 92 was sponsored by State Rep. Barry Moore, R-Enterprise, who chairs the House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee.

“More and more businesses are setting aside special parking spaces reserved for military veterans who were wounded, taken prisoner, or presented a medal for valor in defense of our country,” Moore said. “It is unconscionable to think that someone who does not fall under these categories would park in a space reserved for our nation’s heroes, but it happens quite often. This new law will ensure that those who display such blatant disrespect will be punished appropriately.”

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Bill to give veterans free, year-round admission to state parks passes House

January 17, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama House of Representatives passed a bill Tuesday that would provide free, year-round admission to all state parks for all active military personnel and veterans, including members of the National Guard and Reserves.

House Bill 58, the Parks for Patriots Act, is being sponsored by state Rep. Dickie Drake, R-Leeds.

Recently, the Department of Conservation commenced the Parks for Patriots initiative as an administrative pilot program at the suggestion of House Republicans.  This bill would permanently establish the program into state law.

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House honors three Congressional Medal of Honor recipients

January 17, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama House of Representatives on Tuesday passed resolutions honoring Alabama’s three living Congressional Medal of Honor recipients.

Lt. Colonel James “Mike” Sprayberry could not attend; but sent his regards to the Legislature, Captain Mike Rose and Command Sergeant Major Bennie Adkins were both in attendance.

Speaker of House Mac McCutcheon, R-Monrovia, thanked all of Alabama’s veterans for their service.

“Our country is better off because of people like you,” McCutcheon said. “Thank you so much for being with us today.”

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Tuesday is Military and Veterans Appreciation Day in the Alabama Legislature

January 16, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, the Alabama House of Representatives will hold a “Military and Veterans Day” in the Alabama House chambers to honor Alabama’s veterans for their service.

Alabama Speaker of the House Mac McCutcheon, R – Monrovia, announced that the House will have a work calendar that is stacked with bills designed to benefit those who have served or are currently serving in our nation’s armed forces.

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Today is Pearl Harbor Day

December 7, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Today is Dec. 7 and Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey is asking that all Alabamians lower our flags today in remembrance of the attack on Pearl Harbor, which precipitated the United States’ entry into World War II.

“At the request of the President, I am directing flags to be displayed at half-staff on Thursday, December 7, 2017, to honor and remember our military members who heroically fought at Pearl Harbor, on December 7, 1941,”  Ivey said. “Seventy-six years ago, Japanese fighter planes attacked the United States Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, destroying much of our Pacific Fleet and killing more than 2,400 Americans. The flags should remain lowered at half-staff until sunset on Thursday,”

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In Alabama, we have our veterans’ backs

November 12, 2017

By Alabama Governor Kay Ivey

Dedication. Honor. Commitment. Sacrifice.

Those are the traits that come to mind when I think about our nation’s veterans. I saw these qualities lived out every day by my dad. Boadman Nettles Ivey, my father, served in WWII as part of a field artillery division. From him I learned to love my country, to offer myself to serve my fellow citizen and to stand up for what is right, even when doing so might be difficult.
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Roy Moore addresses Tuscaloosa’s American Christian Academy

November 9, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore spoke to the student body at Tuscaloosa’s American Christian Academy. Moore discussed the sacrifice that America’s veterans have made and the importance of acknowledging God in his keynote speech to the school body in their Veterans Memorial Day Service.

“This is an exciting time in our country, because so many people are turning back to what America is about,” Judge Moore said.

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Entry to Alabama State Parks now free for all veterans

November 9, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Just a few days before Veterans Day, Gov. Kay Ivey announced that admission to Alabama State Parks for all veterans will now be free.

The program, launched along with the Alabama Legislature and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, began on Nov. 1. It will give veterans free access to state parks, park facilities, boat ramps and the Gulf State Park Pier.

“I am so proud that as a state we can stand up together and show our support of veterans,” Ivey said. “This new policy is just another mark in the long history of Alabama supporting our military men and women. More than 1 in 10 Alabamians are veterans and there is still so much that we can do to give them the respect they deserve. I hope this small token will show each distinguished member of our military family how appreciative we are of their service to our country.”

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Streamlined process makes it easier for veterans to update their status on driver’s licenses

November 7, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

An interim Alabama House committee tasked with making driver’s license offices more accessible and procedures more streamlined has announced a change that will make it easier for military veterans to update their status on their licenses just in time for Veterans Day.

State Rep. Randall Shedd, chairman of the Committee on Driver’s License Review, announced new procedures that will allow veterans to update their veteran status at their local probate office instead of waiting in line at one of the state’s few driver’s license offices.

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Honoring Our Veterans

November 6, 2017
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By Congressman Bradley Byrne

On November 11, we will celebrate Veterans Day and honor those who have served our nation. This is a day set aside to share our deep appreciation with all those, from the Battle of Yorktown to the War on Terror, who have fought to keep us safe and to protect the values we hold dear.

There is really something remarkable about serving our country. It means that an individual is willing to give up their own life so that others may have the opportunity to live in the land of the free and the home of the brave.

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