New bill would make SC Dept. of Veterans’ Affairs a state agency

South Carolina News

COLUMBIA, SC (WCBD) – Changes may be on the way for the South Carolina Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

Two bills filed at the Statehouse would make the VA a cabinet agency.

If that happens, the Governor could appoint a director to serve the department.

That person would then report information like benefits, cases and recommendations to the General Assembly.

“We’re changing a name, changing a focus, changing a context and promoting the vision of Veterans’ Affairs to a full-fledged agency in South Carolina,” said Gov. Henry McMaster on Tuesday. “It should have been done before.”

Both the House and Senate versions of the bills are in military affairs committees.

Right now, about 500,000 veterans live in the Palmetto State.

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