• Veterans Event:  June 4 Veterans Event:  June 4

    Veterans Event: June 4

Veterans Event: June 4

Join me tonight at a special event to help and support our local veterans! Wednesday, June 4th, 2014 6:00 – 7:30PMBoca Raton High School 1501 NW 15th CtBoca Raton, FL 33486   This evening I will be hosting an event to empower and offer assistance to the veteran community of South Florida. The event will be focus on a variety of needs and issues that veterans in the area face as well as offer assistance. Presenters will be discussing health care issues, accessing benefits, job opportunities and other critical concerns to the well-being of our veterans.While there will be several other presenters in attendance, the primary focus will be on connecting veterans with organizations and services that can assist them in getting the help they deserve. We have confirmed representatives from the Department of Veterans Affairs, DMV, Operation Homefront, Veterans Helping Veterans, Veterans Helping Heroes, Pompano Vet Center, Welcome Home Resumes, Army OneSource, Vital Flight, FAU and Broward College, Florida Career Source, Mission United and the Legal Aid Society among others.

  • In-State Tuition For All Veterans In-State Tuition For All Veterans

    In-State Tuition For All Veterans

In-State Tuition For All Veterans

Senate Bill 84 co-sponsored by Senator Sachs was voted for unanimously in the Education Appropriations Subcommittee, which the Senator sits on.  This was its third committee stop.  The Senator is a member of the two prior committees the bill passed through as well.  In those committees, Military Affairs and Education policy, the bill also received unanimous support.  The bill is now headed to the general Appropriations Committee before it gets a full vote on the Senate floor. The measure would give honorably discharged military veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces, National Guard and the reserves in-state tuition at all state colleges and universities. This bill represents the continuing commitment by Florida to our military veterans. It also embodies a promise Senator Sachs made when she first ran for public office- that she would focus on promoting and supporting our Florida Veterans. To this end Sen. Sachs has filed a bill on behalf of veterans in the State House and  Senate every  year while in office.

By |January 23rd, 2014|Latest News|0 Comments
  • Signing of Veterans Bill, Friday June 29 Signing of Veterans Bill, Friday June 29

    Signing of Veterans Bill, Friday June 29

Signing of Veterans Bill, Friday June 29

One of my key focuses as your State Senator is to do whatever I can to promote, protect and support our Veterans. Every single year I’ve been in office I’ve passed a law on their behalf. This year is no different. Tomorrow we are holding a Ceremonial Bill Signing for HB 171/SB 370 here in Delray Beach. This bill guarantees that any veteran whose body lies unclaimed may receive a proper military burial that is due to him/her. Furthermore, no unclaimed veteran’s body may be sold or used for medical research without proper consent. Every veteran is entitled to a dignified military burial. This is one of the many things we can do to help our Veterans. I’ll be keeping my constituents posted on legislative priorities for Veterans in the 2014 year.

Meeting with Veterans

 

Honoring Our Purple Heart Veterans

Senator Sachs’ resolution to declare Florida a Purple Heart State passed by unanimous vote on opening day.  Senator Sachs’ father, Lt Col Russell F. Lorts (dec), served in World War II and was awarded two Purple Hearts for injuries inflicted during combat in North Africa and Italy. This resolution was in honor of him and all the other men and women who have served our country in the military.  Senator Sachs has always made a conscious effort to support veterans and active service members.  Last year, Senator Sachs sponsored the Purple Heart Day Bill which proposed to make August 7th of each year “Purple Heart Day” in Florida.

Veterans Affairs

“We must never forget the sacrifice and courage of our men and women in uniform. Our veterans deserve our gratitude and the utmost respect. As Your State Senator I have been honored to fight to make sure that our veterans are recognized and receive all of the benefits that they have earned in service of their country.” Lieutenant colonel Russell Lorts, Maria’s father, in World War II   Maria has a profound attachment to America’s veterans. Her father, Russell F. Lorts, served as a commissioned officer in the United States Army Infantry in World War II and the Vietnam War, and was awarded two Purple Hearts for injuries suffered during combat in North Africa and Italy.   As the daughter of a veteran, Maria knows firsthand the sacrifices that service members make in order to protect our freedom. She has filed a Veterans Bill every year of her career in elected public service. Numerous pieces of legislation to protect and honor our veterans include The Purple Heart Bill Preference in public employment for veterans The Service Disabled Veteran Business Enterprises, which gives preference in state contracting for certified disabled veteran business Enterprises. SB 370 – guarantees that any veteran whose body lies unclaimed may receive a proper military burial  In addition, Senator Sachs has hosted a series of workshops on veterans benefits for veterans and their spouses in Palm Beach and Broward Counties. Representatives from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Florida Department of Veterans Affairs, the Agency for Workforce Innovation, Workforce Alliances, and many other local veterans’ service organizations are on hand to answer questions about benefits and employment opportunities. Enhancing Veterans’ Benefits For their service, veterans deserve nothing less than our absolute commitment. This is […]

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Calling all veterans: Senator Sachs’ Veterans Council

Senator Sachs is announcing the creation of a Veterans Council. The council will be comprised of Florida veterans’ groups and organizations. The purpose of the council will be to address key issues such as jobs, homelessness, and benefits for veterans and their families. The Senator encourages any veteran who is interested in serving on the council to call her office.

Sachs’ Veterans’ Workshops Help Hundreds

“We must never forget the sacrifice and courage of our men and women in uniform.  Our veterans deserve our gratitude and the utmost respect.  As Your State Senator I am honored to  fight to make sure that our veterans are recognized and receive all of the benefits that they have earned in service of their country”  – Senator Sachs Senator Sachs working alongside representatives from the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs Senator Sachs hosted a series of workshops for veterans, their spouses, widows and widowers at Century Village locations in Deerfield Beach, Boca Raton and West Palm Beach.  Representatives from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs, the Governor’s Office of Military Affairs, the Agency for Workforce Innovation, Palm Beach and Broward Counties Workforce Alliance, West Palm Beach V.A. Medical Center, VWF-Post 3308, Florida S.E. Chapter of the Battle of the Bulge WWII, Death with Dignity, Project VisAbility, and Vets Helping Heroes were all on hand to answer questions about benefits, eligibility and applications, prescription and employment opportunities.  A long time supporter of veterans and their interests, Senator Sachs as filed a veterans’ bill every year she has been in office. Over 300 veterans received one-on-one help with their benefits applications over the course of the day, while veteran aid groups distributed valuable literature to keep veterans informed of the available benefits and how to apply for them successfully.

By |February 9th, 2011|Latest News|0 Comments

Senator Sachs Commemorates Veterans Day

On Veterans Day, Senator Sachs celebrated with the Veterans Coalition of South Florida at Veterans Park in Boca Raton, Fl.  Veterans’ issues have always been extremely important to Senator Sachs. Each year she files legislation for veterans’ rights in honor of her father, decorated WWII veteran, Russell F. Lorts. “Our veterans have given so much to protect this country and the ideals that make it great,” said Senator Sachs.  “I am proud that I am able to do my part to honor and protect the rights of these brave individuals.”

By |November 12th, 2010|Latest News|0 Comments

Advocating for Veterans; meeting with community leaders

Rep Sachs Advocates for Veterans On Tuesday September 28, 2010 Rep Sachs spoke on veterans’ issues at the North County Democratic Club meeting at Century Village.  She highlighted the need to improve education about and access to benefits already available, of which many people are unaware.  Rep Sachs outlined an immediate plan of action, describing the meeting she is coordinating with Club President Sam Oser, to take place at the Century Village Clubhouse which will bring together representatives from the county’s many veteran organizations in order to guarantee these proud citizens are receiving the benefits they deserve. Rep Sachs has long been an advocate for veterans.  Every year Rep Sachs files a veteran bill in honor of her father, Russell F. Lorts, Army, World War II Combat Veteran, who passed away shortly before she took office.  With 1.7 million veterans, Florida has the second largest veteran population in the nation, and the highest number of disabled veterans.  Rep Sachs most recent veterans bill, HB 1455, protects our veterans by making it a crime to use military uniforms to solicit funds which do not go to our VA service organizations. For more information and help related to veteran benefits visit: www.veteranaid.org Rep Sachs Meets with Community Leaders On Wednesday September 29, 2010, Rep Sachs met with the community leaders of the President’s Council.  The Council represents more than 20 of the largest private residential communities in South Florida and is a large employer and investor in the county’s local economy.  The communities represented at the meeting included Boca Woods, Woodfield, Boca West, Stonebridge and the Polo Club.  Rep Sachs discussed community issues and her recent Condo Foreclosure Bill with the Council members.  HB 561 provides community […]

By |October 1st, 2010|Latest News|1 Comment