Governor Quinn signs 3 laws to help veterans

By WEEK Producer

July 4, 2012 Updated Jul 4, 2012 at 9:42 PM CDT

DES PLAINES, Ill. -- Governor Pat Quinn signed three bills Wednesday designed to give veterans better access to jobs, benefits and healthcare.

Using the 4th of July holiday as a backdrop, Quinn says the nation's 236th birthday is a fitting time to honor service members.

House bill 4586 establishes a veterans conservation core.

It makes unemployed veterans and members of the Illinois National Guard between the ages of 15 and 25 eligible for year round conservation and environmental employment in the corps.

"We also want to make sure we have job and employment assistance and job fairs that are well organized to help our veterans link up with employers to get a good job to support their family," said Governor Pat Quinn.

Under another bill, job training organizations are eligible to receive grants to help veterans with a variety of services, including healthcare for post traumatic stress disorder.

The other law allows service members with honorable discharge to be identified as a veteran on their drivers license.