Columbia, SC, March 19, 2019
Today 35 of South Carolina’s retired generals and admirals gathered in Columbia to renew acquaintances and hear about progress achieved by the Military Base Task Force and Veterans Policy Advisory Committee. This group, SC Flags, represents an incredible wealth of leadership and heroism. Our state is fortunate to have 184 retired “Flags” living here, part of the veteran population that exceeds 400,000 men and women who chose to serve our country.
Chairman Bill Bethea shared the Task Force’s successes in promoting military and veteran legislation, specifically efforts to pass the designation of a cabinet-level Veterans Department, the Military Civil Service Act, adoption of state compacts to facilitate military spouse employment in professions that require licensing and certification, and elimination of state income tax on military retirement. LtGen (Ret) Jack Klimp spoke about the Veterans Policy Advisory Committee’s history and the 2018 Report to Governor McMaster. This report prioritizes nine recommendations to improve the quality of services available to veterans in South Carolina. Two of these priorities, creating an SC Department of Veterans Affairs with cabinet rank, and supporting the construction of three new VA state homes, are currently moving through the legislative process.
BG Milford H. Beagle, Jr., Commander of Fort Jackson, provided an update of the US Army’s strategic prioritization and explained how he and his staff are fulfilling that mission. Watch General Beagle’s remarks on our Facebook page.