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Veteran Friendly Island initiative launches

Sen. Keren Riquelme Cabrera

By The Star Staff

With the goal of attracting veterans from other jurisdictions to settle in Puerto Rico, Sen. Keren Riquelme Cabrera, along with a group of veterans, has created the “Puerto Rico Veterans Friendly Island” campaign to promote the island as a destination for veterans in the States to reside in.

Also promoted was the creation of the Veterans Council, which will be in charge of developing economic and social proposals that will make the island an attractive destination for stateside veterans.

“Veterans are a very important sector of our society and have a lot to contribute to the socioeconomic development of Puerto Rico,” the senator said. “One of the proposals we are working on is to turn Puerto Rico into a destination for veterans from other jurisdictions in our nation to relocate to and contribute to the economy and society. To create the foundation that makes this proposal viable, we are creating a Veterans Council, which will aim to present proposals to encourage veterans residing in the states to come to the island.”

Riquelme’s remarks came after concluding a meeting with several veterans service organizations, along with Veterans Advocate Agustín Montañés, where the “Puerto Rico Veterans Friendly Island” proposal was adopted.

“This initiative seeks to identify opportunities for public policy creation and educational initiatives to make Puerto Rico a jurisdiction where veterans receive the best services and decide to stay on the island when they retire,” Riquelme said.

Some 110,000 veterans live in Puerto Rico.

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