State lawmaker asks aid for military families
State Rep. Mike Boland, D-Moline, was in Rockford Tuesday to discuss legislation he is proposing to furnish aid to families of Illinois National Guard and military reserve members called to active duty in Afghanistan and elsewhere.
Boland has introduced HB 2742 to establish the Illinois Military Family Relief Fund. His goal is to furnish assistance to needy military families in this time of international tensions.
His idea is to finance this through a voluntary check-off on the state income tax, much like check-offs for child abuse prevention, wildlife preservation and breast cancer research.
The patriotic men and women who have been called to active duty are on the front line of our battle against terrorism, Boland said. Here on the homefront, its our obligation to make sure their families are not in financial distress. Many Illinois families have taken a drastic reduction in income because their breadwinners military pay is significantly less than their civilian salary, he added.
The Military Family Relief Fund can provide much-needed assistance for these families while giving Illinois taxpayers a direct and efficient way to help, Boland said.