"We owe the men and women who defend our freedom a debt of gratitude," Gov. Bryant said. "Veterans make excellent employees and bring a unique skill set to the table. This bill will serve those who have served us by helping connect more of these men and women with job opportunities."
The bill provides a five-year tax credit of either 10 percent of the hired veteran's salary or $2,000, whichever is lesser. It applies to military veterans who have served on active duty on or after 9/11 and who have been unemployed for at least six months, including Guard and Reserve who have served on active duty during the current war.
"This is outstanding news for Keesler, the Mississippi Gulf Coast and the entire state of Mississippi," Bryant said. "Mississippi's military facilities are vital to the state's economy, and they are integral to the communities in which they are located. We have been working for several years to prevent the unjustified relocation of these aircraft, and today we see the results of our teamwork."
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