- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 22, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin and veterans’ advocates are touting efforts that support the state’s veterans including a proposal to make more disabled veterans eligible for a free hunting and fishing license.

Now veterans must be considered 100 percent disabled to be eligible. The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife is asking lawmakers to lower the threshold to the federal level for disability benefits of 60 percent disabled. In 2012 and 2013, 77 complimentary licenses were given out.

Shumlin and Secretary of State Jim Condos on Wednesday also highlighted the voluntary check-off box on the state tax form to donate a dollar to the Vermont Veterans Fund, which provides financial assistance to groups supporting veterans. Since it was launched in 2010, the fund has raised about $159,000.

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