For Representative Joan Meschino, advocating for senior citizens and veterans is an unshakeable priority.
She has supported initiatives to provide property tax assistance for veterans and their families, a measure to create a path for veterans with medical skills to become emergency medical technicians after their service, and an increase in death benefits to assist the families of veterans who have lost their loved ones.
She was proud to work on legislation which provides support for research into Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, sets standards for elder protective services social workers, and creates a continuing education requirement for medical professionals who diagnose and treat Alzheimer’s and other related diseases.
Her emphasis on serving seniors and veterans comes to the fore in every budget process, year after year. “Every time the Legislature prepares the budget, I am particularly concerned about protecting services for seniors and veterans,” says Representative Meschino. “Cutting or underfunding programs that help these groups ignores our obligations to them. When we stand up and support our seniors and veterans, our local communities become stronger, closer, and better places to live. I will continue to work with our community members to get more funding and services for our district.”