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Legislation would allow families of deployed soldiers receive more assistance


LANSING (WKZO) -- Legislation has been introduced in the Michigan House that's designed to give flexibility to families applying to the Military Family Relief Fund. The bill, introduced by State Representative Ray Franz, of Manistee County, would change the way the Military Family Relief Fund works so that families looking for assistance can apply for it as soon as a unit's mobilization order is issued. Currently, they have to wait until the service member is on active duty. Franz says this is just another way the state can help those who choose to serve.

"The bill that we introduced would expand the time period that they have to expand the time period to get the assistance that they need," Franz said.

The Military Family Relief Fund provides financial assistance of up to two thousand dollars a year to families who have a service member currently deployed. It's supported by a voluntary check off on Michigan tax forms. The bill from Franz is currently before the House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee.