Created a tuition waiver program for all Maine National Guard members to the University of Maine System, the Maine Community College System, and Maine Maritime Academy.
Removed the income tax on Military pensions.
Launched a new veterans website providing a single site to access all services for Maine veterans: www.maine.gov/veterans
Reformed veteran preference in state hiring and retention to provide veterans and Gold Star spouses with a meaningful advantage in applying for employment with the State of Maine.
Launched the award-winning Hire-A-Vet campaign, finding jobs for more than 500 veterans to date, including attracting veterans from out of state to relocate to Maine.
Signed legislation to ensure veterans and military spouses seeking employment in professions that require Maine licensing are given credit toward licensing requirements acquired during military training, education and experience.
Established a Military Service Designation driver's license, allowing veterans who are otherwise ineligible for retiree or VA identification to receive military and veteran discounts at stores and restaurants.
Developed a Gold Star License Plate program that was later amended to broaden the eligibility to Gold Star families whose loved one was killed while on active duty, but not in combat.