WAUSAU - Governor Scott Walker hopes three new laws will strengthen employment for veterans.
Walker signed the bills Wednesday in Wausau. The bills increase support for disabled veteran business owners, veteran farmers, and tuition grants for National Guard Members.
"We know that veterans are great for starting up new businesses and hiring other veterans. They are great for expanding the work force and those are all things we need in a time when we have more people employed in the state than ever before," said Walker.
State Senator Patrick Testin helped write a bill which establishes assistance and an outreach program for veteran farmers.
"We do a very good job in our government training men and women how to become soldiers and go into battle and fight. But sometimes, that transition from being a solider and coming back to civilian life can be difficult," said Testin.
The three bills were signed at a disabled veteran owned business, Applied Fab and Machining in Wausau.
RHINELANDER - The Rhinelander Police Department identified the man who died after a house fire on Friday night as 35-year-old Jeffery J. Becker.
Rhinelander Fire Chief Terry Williams told Newswatch 12 on Monday afternoon that an autopsy indicates Becker died from smoke inhalation, but the autopsy results and further investigation is now in the hands of the state Department of Criminal Investigations.
Crews responded to the house at 320 Rose Street, near Hodag Park, around 7:30 p.m. Friday. Firefighters went inside the house soon after they arrived and found Becker unresponsive on the floor. Firefighters and paramedics tried to revive Becker, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
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