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First Substitute H.J.R. 30

Representative Rebecca Chavez-Houck proposes the following substitute bill:





Chief Sponsor: Rebecca Chavez-Houck

Senate Sponsor: Benjamin M. McAdams

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             9      General Description:
             10          This joint resolution of the Legislature expresses support for efforts to create a
             11      monument at the Utah State Capitol Complex to honor war veterans whose suffering
             12      continued after their military service.
             13      Highlighted Provisions:
             14          This resolution:
             15          .    expresses support for the creation of a memorial on the Utah State Capitol Complex
             16      grounds for veterans of foreign wars who have suffered and died from war-related
             17      injuries received during their military service; and
             18          .    expresses support for the memorial as a fitting tribute to those whose sacrifices
             19      continued after their military service.
             20      Special Clauses:
             21          None
             23      Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             24          WHEREAS, many soldiers fought and sacrificed, selflessly serving their country on
             25      foreign soil;

             26          WHEREAS, many who served abroad in the United States Armed Forces experienced
             27      great pain, and struggle not only from injuries sustained in battle, but also from adjusting to a
             28      life permanently altered by their injuries;
             29          WHEREAS, these individuals who valiantly served their nation despite their suffering
             30      through the war, survived, and realized the fatal complications from their military service later
             31      in life;
             32          WHEREAS, the United States has established a memorial to honor those who have
             33      given their lives on battlefields abroad;
             34          WHEREAS, we should never forget those American military personnel who died in the
             35      service of their nation during these conflicts;
             36          WHEREAS, veterans who survived their military service, but whose sufferings
             37      continued long after the wars ended, also merit recognition and remembrance;
             38          WHEREAS, as a tribute to these veterans, a memorial should be created and housed at
             39      the Utah State Capitol Complex;
             40          WHEREAS, the memorial should include a list the names of Utah's injured veterans of
             41      foreign wars;
             42          WHEREAS, a committee should be designated to set criteria and qualifications for the
             43      memorial and to review proposals for its creation;
             44          WHEREAS, in consideration of the current economic climate, funding for the
             45      memorial should be raised privately, with the understanding that the memorial's design and
             46      location would be designated by the Capitol Preservation Board;
             47          WHEREAS, many veterans of foreign wars die every year from the after-effects of their
             48      service, and for them, in a very real sense, the fight is not over;
             49          WHEREAS, veterans who have served, sacrificed, and paid the ultimate price merit
             50      recognition and remembrance; and
             51          WHEREAS, a memorial dedicated to the sacrifices made by these veterans of foreign
             52      wars would more fully demonstrate the appreciation of the citizens of Utah for the service of
             53      these battle-scarred veterans and remembrance of their ongoing battles:
             54          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah
             55      expresses its support for efforts to create a memorial at the Utah State Capitol Complex to
             56      honor veterans of foreign wars who have suffered, and in some cases died, as a result of their

             57      military service.
             58          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature expresses support for the memorial
             59      as a fitting tribute to those whose sacrifices continued after their service.
             60          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be sent to the American
             61      Legion, Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Utah Department of
             62      Veteran's Affairs.

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