(WTVM) - Officials representing Columbus and West Central Georgia are hitting the campaign trail for a governor candidate.
Elected representatives are presenting a new plan to help military families. It's a six-point plan, introduced by former Democratic House leader and current candidate for governor, Stacey Abrams.
State Representative Carolyn Hugley says Abram's proposal will build on a record of reaching bipartisan agreement to help military families in Georgia with legislation.
"It's to expanding access to Medicaid for military families, allowing veterans and military spouses to receive temporary occupational licenses," says Hugley.
Hugley broke down the major points of Abram's plan:
- Protect families and military bases
- End homelessness among veterans
- Respect diversity
- Increase resources in rural communities
- Help service members transition into school or a career
Jerry 'Pops' Barnes, a Columbus city councilor, says when he got out of the military, he floundered for a year and a half because there was no one to explain the opportunities available. He says Abram's six pillar plan is phenomenal.
Both Barnes and Hugley say an extension of Abram's proposal will be to create a special counsel of current and former military members to rely on their experience and expertise to address the issues affecting them.