Hubbard Act Signed into Law

August 29, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
A valley veteran and the sole surviving son of a Clovis family is behind a new law that protects other veterans.The Hubbard family sacrificed two of their sons in service to the country. Jared and Nathan were killed in Iraq. When their oldest son, Jason was released from the Army under the Department of Defense's, "Sole Survivor" policy, he was asked to pay back his enlistment bonus and was denied a number of other benefits, including access to the GI Bill and healthcare for his pregnant wife.

Jason then answered another call to duty: to fight for other veterans who could face the same situation. He and Valley leaders, including Congressmen, Devin Nunes went to work on "The Hubbard Act".

Friday, in an oval office ceremony, the president signed the bill into law. It closes loopholes in the existing "sole survivor" policy by providing those veterans; a number of benefits already offered to other honorably discharged military members.

The law also says, sole survivors won't be required to re-pay any portion of their enlistment bonus and will be eligible for the GI Bill for education and further healthcare coverage.

Hubbard said it also serves as a way to honor the sacrifice of his brothers and other military families. "They all benefit us in ways that we can never fully appreciate. Certainly I feel that this is part of their legacy and what they've contributed."

"This is the first time that the congress and the president has recognized the sole survivor policy and put it into law so anyone in this same circumstance has Jason and the Hubbard family won't have to go through what they had to go through to get their benefits," said U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes.

Jason's family was with him when the president signed "The Hubbard Act" and says they were humbled by the experience and the gracious way they were treated at the White House.

Hubbard is one of 55 sole survivors, identified since the September 11th, terrorist attacks.


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