Bill honoring National Guard members clears first round

Certain members of the Nebraska National Guard could receive a military grave marker under a bill advanced from general file April 20.

Sen. Lou Ann Linehan
Sen. Lou Ann Linehan

Under LB261, introduced by Elkhorn Sen. Lou Ann Linehan, a guard member who served on or after July 1, 1973, or served in active duty federal service or reserve would be eligible. The bill would remove a requirement that a guard member have served during wartime to receive a marker.

Linehan said LB261 would “right a wrong” of guard members being denied grave markers memorializing their sacrifice.

“I believe veterans who honorably served should receive recognition of their service,” she said.

Senators advanced the bill to select file on a vote of 43-0.

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