Governor Signs Three Veterans Bills into Law
Rep. Hebl Attends Ceremony with Local Veteran
MADISON – In a special ceremony in his office last week, Governor Doyle signed three pieces of legislation aimed at honoring and assisting veterans. All three bills, Senate Bills 75, 76 and 39, were co-sponsored by Representative Gary Hebl (D-Sun Prairie) who attended the ceremony with local veteran Rudy Suchomel. Also in attendance was Mrs. Janet Suchomel, daughter Julie Suchomel, and family friend Kevin Herskind.
Senate Bills 75 and 76 designate July 27th as Korean War Armistice Day and March 29th as Vietnam Veterans Day. Senate Bill 39 makes the Veterans Assistance Grant Program more accessible for low income veterans.
“I’m thrilled to have Rudy and his family join us for this ceremony,” added Hebl. “I’m glad that he could witness the signing of bills that will help vets all over Wisconsin get the assistance and recognition they need and deserve.”
Mr. Suchomel served 4 ½ years in WWII, including deployment on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day. Mr. and Mrs. Suchomel’s son, Frederick “Fritz” Suchomel, carried on the family’s military tradition, serving in the Vietnam War in 1968 and giving his life in service to his country in 1969. Representative Hebl and Fritz Suchomel attended Sun Prairie High School together, where both played on the baseball team.
“I remember Fritz as a great left handed pitcher from Sun Prairie High School. Although Fritz can’t be here to participate in Vietnam Veterans Day, I’m glad that the men and women who served alongside him will be recognized for sacrifices they made. This is our opportunity to say ‘thank you’.”
For more information on the Veterans Assistance Grant Program, Korean War Armistice Day, or Vietnam Veterans Day please contact Representative Hebl at 266-7678.