Walker signs bills benefiting military families

Posted Monday, August 5, 2013 --- 4:03 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker has signed a pair of bills into law designed to help those in the military and their families.

One increases the reimbursement rate for travel expenses of National Guard members who are called to state active duty. Currently, those members are reimbursed for expenses like mileage, lodging and meals at the state rate. But the new law sets reimbursement at the higher federal rate.

The other bill expands eligibility of a financial assistance program that currently applies only to family members of military members on active duty. The new law extends the benefit to members of the service and removes the requirement that they be on active duty.

The benefit is up to $2,500 per recipient.

Walker signed the bills Monday at the Wisconsin National Guard headquarters.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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