Lawmakers back task force to study returning veteran issues

SALT LAKE CITY — State lawmakers may set up a task force to study reintegration issues facing returning military veterans.

“Our servicemen and women love this country. They love it enough to put their lives on the line,” said Rep. Tim Cosgrove, D-Murray, sponsor of HB162. “When they come back to this country, we’ve got to have their backs.”

The task force would study issues such as employment, managing finances and suicide prevention. It would also create a plan to help returning veterans transition to civilian life.

The House Government Operations Committee gave the bill a favorable recommendation and it now moves to the House floor.

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