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Stephen Fowler | GPB News

Republican nominee for governor Brian Kemp unveiled new policies aimed at Georgia’s military veterans on Wednesday.

The first pillar would eliminate state income tax for military retirement income, and he estimated it would cost the state about $60 million.


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According the United States Census Bureau, there are nearly 50,000 homeless veterans in America. In order to combat these issues with housing, popular TV shows like “Tiny House Hunters” are looking to create tiny homes as a solution.

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The Georgia 2018 legislative session recently legalized the use of cannabis oil for treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. PTSD affects about 31 million people in the United States. The disorder is often associated with veterans, but another group of heroes — first responders — also struggle with the disorder. According to one survey, one in 15 paramedics and EMTs has attempted suicide. 


Sean Powers / On Second Thought

Veterans Day is this weekend. We meet a veteran named Bradley Field, who works in the film industry. Among his credits: "Detroit," "Suicide Squad," and "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice." On Second Thought regular Kalena Boller caught up with Bradley just after production wrapped in Atlanta on "Den of Thieves," which is out next year.

Alix Blair

For many veterans returning from war, it can be difficult to adjust to civilian life. A new documentary premiering on PBS on Memorial Day tells the story of one veteran who has suffered emotionally and physically from war, only to return home as a farmer where he’s trying to find peace. The film previously ran at the Macon Film Festival last summer. 

Crystal Hernandez

Federal data show the suicide rate among veterans has risen over the last decade. In 2007, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs approached this problem with a 24-hour call center in upstate New York.

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Veteran care is an important issue for Atlanta attorney Linda Klein. She was sworn in as the president of the American Bar Association earlier this month. One of her goals is to offer more legal aid to veterans.

We speak with Linda Klein about her new position and her plan to help veterans.

To find more information on Linda's veteran initiative as president, visit www.americanbar.org

Sean Powers / On Second Thought

More than half a million veterans wait at least a month for appointments at the VA. That's 70,000 more veterans than last year, according to new data from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. As GPB's Sean Powers reports, there's a new push in Georgia to improve veteran care by helping them connect with their roots on the farm.

John Bazemore / AP

President Obama visited Atlanta Monday to discuss his administration’s efforts to help the nation’s veterans. He told the annual meeting of the Disabled American Veterans a lot had been accomplished, but there was still much to be done.

“America's commitment to our veterans is more than just lines in a budget, and it can't be about politics. It's not even really about policy,” Obama told the audience of veterans, their caregivers, and their families. “Our commitment to our veterans is a sacred covenant, and I don't use those words lightly.”