On Veterans Day, Senator Sachs participated in the commemorative ceremony honoring veterans at the Boca Raton Cemetery. Speaking to those in attendance, Senator Sachs expressed her gratitude to those who served our country, “It is not because of the government that our rights are preserved.  It is not a politician that preserves our freedoms. It is on the shoulders of the men and women in our military and to them, I say thank you.”

Senator Sachs speaking at the commemorative ceremony with the Boca Raton City Council on Veterans Day

Florida has the third largest population of Veterans, with more than 214,000 veterans in Broward and Palm Beach Counties alone.  The Senator was adamant that the State should not forget our veterans as they return from combat.  “As we honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, let us not forget those veterans who return home.  It is not enough just to honor our veterans, we also need to make sure they have jobs, affordable housing, and mental health treatment,” said Senator Sachs.

Her father, Lt. Col. Russell F. Lorts (dec), was a commissioned officer in the United States Army Infantry in World War II. Every year Senator Sachs files and passes a bill in his honor to benefit veterans.  Some of the past bills include:

SB 370 (2013): Protection of Unclaimed Veterans – Guarantees all veterans a proper military burial.

SR 900 (2013): Purple Heart State – Designates Florida a Purple Heart State and February 7 as Purple Heart Day in honor of the service and sacrifices of our nation’s men and women in uniform who have been wounded or killed by the enemy while serving to protect the freedoms enjoyed by all Americans.

SB 532 (2012): College Credit for Military Training and Education Courses (Companion Bill HB 347 passed) – Assists service men and women in attaining college degrees by requiring the State University System and the State Board of Education to adopt rules which enable United States Armed Forces service members to earn college credit for college-level training and education acquired in the military.

SJR 592 (2011): Veteran’s Property Tax Discount – Expands the availability of the property tax discount on the homesteads of veterans who became disabled as the result of a combat injury through amendments to the State Constitution.

HB 1455 (2010): Misrepresentation of Military Status – Imposes criminal penalties for persons falsely representing himself or herself as member of U.S. Armed Forces or National Guard for purpose of solicitation.

For the 2014 session, Senator Sachs is:

Sponsoring a bill (awaiting a bill number) which increases the time period for the waiving the professional license fee for veterans from 24 months after an honorable discharge to 60 months

Co-sponsoring SB 84 which allows honorably discharged veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces to be automatically classified as residents of the state for tuition purposes at public institutions of higher education in Florida